Eid-el-Fitr: Ekweremadu, Bago urge Muslims to pray for Nigeria

The Governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to offer public apology to Nigerians for supporting the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the past and playing politics with them. Reacting to weekend’s attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany by members of the group, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu described the reaction of the PDP to the attack as hypocritical. Issa-Onilu said the group his under regional identity to perpetuate criminality in the region while receiving the backings of the PDP and its leaders, stressing that the attack on Ekweremadu was an affront on political dignity. The statement reads: “The All Progressives Congress (APC) strongly condemns the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu, immediate past Deputy Senate President and serving Senator by members of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Saturday in Nuremberg, Germany. “Those involved in the despicable actions and the organisation they represent are unworthy in character. No Nigerian should be assaulted in the manner Senator Ekweremadu was. It is an indecent action and it is below the acceptable standard of behaviour expected of our citizens whether in Nigeria or abroad. “It is however regrettable that some of the people and organizations who had offered these irresponsible elements open support in the past are raising their voices now. It would be recalled that the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its leaders chose to play politics over a matter that called for collective patriotic actions when IPOB raised a terror group in the South East. “It is clear that PDP and its other short-sighted co-travelers who were the main cheerleaders of IPOB owe this country an apology. IPOB hid under regional identity to perpetrate criminality having recruited some misguided elements and miscreants. “Are we surprised by the PDP’s hypocritical reaction to the unfortunate attack on Senator Ekweremadu? No! The PDP and their leaders have acted true to type. This is what happens when politicians become myopic and allow narrow sentiments becloud their sense of judgement. “We all have a responsibility to collectively rise against evil wherever we find it and in whatever guise it appears. We hope lessons have been learnt from this unfortunate incident.”

Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu and front line contender for speakership of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago, have called on the Muslim Ummah to keep praying for the nation and also sustain the virtues imbibed in at Ramadan beyond the holy month.

Ekweremadu, in his Eid-Al-Fitr message to the Muslim Ummah on Monday, said that continually praying for the peace, security, and progress of Nigeria and walking in the right direction would surely turn the fortunes of the country around.

“I congratulate the Muslim Ummah on their successful journey of faith, discipline, peace and love throughout the month of Ramadan. Going forward, I urge them to ensure that the great virtues of peace, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, and patriotism imbibed during the Ramadan Fast are felt in every aspect of our national lives beyond the holy month.

“I urge the Muslim Ummah and indeed all Nigerians to continually pray for the nation in the face of the worrisome security and daunting national challenges. I have no doubt that with prayers and the right attitudes and policies, Nigeria will emerge stronger from her present difficulties”, Ekweremadu said.

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The Senator wished the Muslim faithful and the nation a happy Eid Al-Fitri celebration.

On his part, Hon. Bago, in a statement signed by the Spokesman of his campaign organization, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene in Abuja on Monday, rejoiced with the Islamic faithful for successfully completing the Ramadan.

He enjoined the Muslim faithful to remain steadfast on their trust in Almighty Allah, praying that Nigeria’s challenges would be surmounted.

He prayed that flowing from the sacrifices and piety associated with the fasting period, the nation’s security challenges would be effectively tackled.

“On behalf of my family and campaign team, I heartily congratulate all Nigerian Muslims for the successful completion of their Ramadan fast.

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“No doubt, many prayers and supplications have been offered to Almighty Allah during this holy month on many personal and national issues, especially security challenges.

“It is our hope and expectations that the Faithful Allah has heard and will bless us and rescue our country, Nigeria.

“As we celebrate, I also urge us to remember the poor and the needy in our society.

“In like manner, I urge all Nigerians to pray for the successful inauguration of the incoming national assembly, as I solicit the mandate of my revered colleagues to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“It is my singular promise that my colleagues, the 9th House and I will not fail Nigerians. We will deliver if elected the Speaker”, Bago said.

The duo congratulated Nigerian Muslims on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fast