Cross River state Governor, Professor Ben Ayade has felicitated with Muslims in the country on the festival of Eid-El Kabir.
The Governor harped on peace and sacrifice as Muslims in Nigeria join their counterparts round the world to mark the occasion.
He enjoined them to imbibe the spirit of love, obedience, sacrifice and sharing that the celebrationnof Eid-El Kabir signifies in line with the principle of Islam.
In a Sallah message signed by his Chief Press Secretary and Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr Christian Ita, the governor charged Muslims and Nigerians to be ready to make the sacrifices necessary for the progress of the country, which is currently passing through challenging times.
Ayade said Nigerians should keep aside all forms of religious, ethnic and tribal sentiments, in the interest of unity, progress, peace and prosperity of the Country.
“The Eid-el-Kabir presents an opportunity for Muslim faithfuls to reflect on the faith, which prophet Ibrahim dutifully agreed to sacrifice his son in obedience to the command of Allah.
“May I use this period of Eid-El Fitri to speak to our souls and remind us that our nation is going through challenges and all of us must play our role to overcome these challenges.
“As a government we have provided a peaceful, conducive environment for all citizens to cohabit irrespective of their religion, tribe or ethnic coloration in Cross River State.”
While thanking Muslims in Cross River for making the state their home and also for supporting his administration, the Governor admonished Nigerians to shun acts capable of disrupting the unity, togetherness and peaceful co-existence of the country as the 2019 general elections approach.