Muslim pilgrims performing the Hajj in the holy city of Mecca had ascended the Mount Arafat on Monday, and the Federal Government had subsequently declared Tuesday and Wednesday public holiday for the august occasion.
Taking to his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday morning, the President wished Nigerians well.
In particular, he congratulated his fellow Muslims for the opportunity to witness another Eid-ul-Adha — another name for Eid el-Kabir, which is the Festival of Sacrifice, being the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year. Eid-ul-Adha is considered the holier of the two celebrations.
The President tweeted: “I felicitate all Nigerians, particularly the Muslim faithful, on this year’s celebration.
“I assure you all that our administration will not rest or relent as we work to build the Nigeria of our dreams — secure, prosperous and free from the ravages of corruption.
“On this occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, I urge all Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, and to promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.
“We must imbibe this lesson and make it a duty to sacrifice for others and to always remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Selfishness, greed and corruption have no place in our lives and in our dealings with one another.
“Eid-ul-Adha offers an opportunity to remember the submission of Prophet Ibrahim Alaihis-Salam to Allah, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another.”
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