Ramadan: Saraki canvasses tolerance, patriotism, unity among Nigerians •Let’s channel our diversity into making Nigeria great —Dogara

The Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Saturday congratulated Muslim faithful on the completion of a month-long Ramadan fast, while urging Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, peace, patriotism and love for one […]

The post Ramadan: Saraki canvasses tolerance, patriotism, unity among Nigerians •Let’s channel our diversity into making Nigeria great —Dogara appeared first on Tribune.

Read more

President Buhari’s Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians

As Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Nigerian Muslims and Christians on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr, urging all citizens to resolve to live in peace and avoid making reckless statements.

President Buhari in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu urged Nigerians to live together in peace and unity so as to make the country a great one.

The message issued Saturday evening in Abuja read, “I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan fast.

My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr. “May the lessons of Ramadan namely; piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time. “I, again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen.

We should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less endowed nations.”

Read more

Trump wishes Muslims ‘warm greetings’ for Eid

US President Donald Trump on Saturday sent warm greetings” to Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan, after his administration broke with the tradition of hosting a White House event to recognize the holy month.

“On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” Trump said in a statement. “During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill.” “With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values.”

Since the Bill Clinton administration, the White House has each year hosted either an event to mark the Eid al-Fitr feast — which ends the fasting month of Ramadan — or a meal breaking the dawn-til-dusk fast, known as an iftar.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly rejected a request by his department’s office of religion and global affairs to hold an event for the holiday.

Trump has come under fire for his history of anti-Muslim rhetoric on the campaign trail, that included calls for surveillance of US mosques and an outright ban on Muslims entering the country in the name of national security. A week after becoming president he issued a ban on travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries, which has been frozen by the US courts after sparking global chaos and outrage.

Yet during a visit to Saudi Arabia last month, Trump softened his tone on Islam, rejecting the idea of a battle between religions in an address before dozens of leaders of Muslim countries.

Read more