14th June, 2018
Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in his Eid-el-Fitri message on Thursday urged Nigerians to imbibe the tenets of tolerance and unity for one another irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.
According to him, this is a critical pathway needed to building a strong and united nation.
Ambode, who spoke ahead of the Eid-el-Fitri on Friday, June 15, said that it was only by embracing peace, unity and fairness that Nigerians could begin a rebirth.
He advised that the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the holy month exemplified be imbibed by all.
“With brotherly love and harmonious co-existence among its citizens above all other things, Nigeria can overcome the numerous challenges confronting it.
“As we celebrate this auspicious occasion of the end of the holy month of Ramadan, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation.
“Let us implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love for our country, love for our neighbours and sharing,” he said.
Ambode said that the spirit of Eid-el-Fitri resonated around the virtues of love and respect, not just for God but also for fellow humans.
According to him, it is only in the spirit of brotherly love and dedication to national service that Nigerians can build the desired nation.
He thanked the residents of Lagos State for their continued harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the midst of diverse ethnic origins and religious affiliations.
He said that in the last three years, in spite of the seemingly economic challenges, the nation had witnessed appreciable level of development.
The governor said that he was optimistic that more could be achieved if all hands were on deck.
The governor wished all Muslim brothers and sisters in the state a happy Eid-el-Fitri.