Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas has extended greetings to Muslims in Lagos State and in Nigeria generally as the nation joins others to celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir aka Ileya Festival.
Okoya-Thomas, who thanked Almighty Allah for sparing the lives of Muslim devotees to see another Sallah celebration, urged them to use the occasion to pray for peace and security in Lagos State and in Nigeria.
The Women Leader added in a press statement released to the media on Saturday and signed by her media aide, Oladipupo Awojobi that Muslims in the state had cause to celebrate despite the challenges in the country.
Okoya-Thomas, urged Muslims in the state to emulate Prophet Ibrahim, who she said was faithful to Almighty Allah and obeyed Him till the last even when it was difficult.
“May I use this occasion to salute all our Muslim brothers and sisters in Lagos State and in Nigeria and wish them a happy Eid-El-Kabir celebration.
“We have Almighty Allah to thank for sparing our lives to witness another Sallah Celebration. However, we all need to reflect and pray for peace and tranquility in our state and in our nation.
“I wish you all Allah’s blessings as you celebrate Eid-El-Kabir and may He accept your sacrifices.
“I am particularly delighted that another Eid-El-Kabir has come and I want to congratulate all Muslims in Lagos State and in Nigeria, ” she said.
Okoya-Thomas further urged the residents of the state to embrace peace, love, unity and forgiveness as exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SWT), adding that Eid-El-Kabir celebration goes beyond eating and sharing of rams.
The Women Leader pointed out that Nigeria had gone through a lot in recent times, but assured that better days were ahead for the country and that Muslims should see the annual festival as an opportunity to extend love to others.
“May the day delight and the moments measure all the special joys for all of you to treasure. May the year ahead be fruitful too, for your home and family and especially for you. Happy Eid Kabir to you,” she prayed.