- The Lagos state House of Assembly speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, says Nigeria's current challenges should further unite the citizens
- The lawmaker further advised President Buhari to act on requests by southern governors
- Obasa who expressed belief in a better Nigeria also called for prayers for the country
Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has appealed to Nigerians to see the country's current challenges as an opportunity to further unite them saying this is a sure way to national progress.
Speaker Obasa made the appeal in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 12, to commemorate this year's Eid-el-Fitr celebrated by Muslims across the world.
Obasa expressed the belief that the security and economic challenges Nigeria is faced with at the moment are a phase from which the country would come out stronger.
He also advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently act on the requests recently made by the Southern Governors Forum as a way to curb rising insecurity in the country.
According to the former chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, "President Buhari should not only give a thought to the requests made by the governors, he should also implement them for the country to move forward".
Appealing to the citizens of the country not to lose faith and hope, the speaker said:
"This year's Ramadan afforded many of us the opportunity to pray for the country. It is obvious that the country has some challenges.
"However, the challenges should not be left to the government alone. Every citizen of Nigeria is important and must play that positive role that would ultimately move the country from where it is now to where we want it to be.
"We are a religious set of people and the religions practised in the country teach us to live in love and peace with one another as well as be our neighbours' brothers and sisters.
"More than ever, we have the responsibility to make the country habitable, devoid of criminal elements, and we must be resolute on this."
The speaker congratulated Muslims in Nigeria for witnessing the end of Ramadan.
"Beyond the celebration, let us all endlessly practise the virtues of love, obey the commandments of Allah, ensure a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Nigeria and continue to pray to God for more grace."
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) had earlier hinted about the end of the fasting period. Muslims across the country were asked to look for the new moon of Shawwal on Tuesday, May 11.
However, the inability of Saudi Arabia’s moon sighting committee to sight the crescent changed the arrangements ahead of the Eid Fitri festival.
According to reports from the Tumair observatory of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the crescent of the month of Shawwal had not been sighted and as such, the Eid Al Fitr will begin on Thursday, May 14.
Attempt to search for the crescent officially began at different observatories in Sumair and Tumair on Tuesday, May 11.
The crescent moon is first seen in Saudi Arabia, and it is only after that the rest of the world celebrates the festival.