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Tinubu observes Eid el-Fitr prayer in Lagos, urges religious tolerance

President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, joined the Muslim faithful to observe Eid el-Fitr prayers at the Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi, Lagos. The News Agency of…

President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday, joined the Muslim faithful to observe Eid el-Fitr prayers at the Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports the President, accompanied by top government functionaries, arrived at the Eid praying ground at 10.02am.

Tinubu, who spoke to the Muslim faithful through the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, urged Muslims to be tolerant and empathetic toward one another.

“We should sustain good behaviour, though Ramadan is over; We have no business fighting one another; We should have religious harmony.

“The empathy and love that we showed during Ramadan must continue; Ramadan has gone, but good behaviour is not gone.

“Let us give to the needy. Always show charity. May Almighty Allah guide us and protect Nigeria,” the President said.

Earlier, while leading the prayer session, Grand Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik Sulaiman Abou Nolla, said fasting has great blessings.

Noting that fasting was one of the five pillars of Islam, the Imam said the month of Ramadan is the month of grace, mercies, forgiveness and acceptance of prayers.

The cleric called for unity among Nigerians, stressing that togetherness and unity in diversity remained key to national development.

While calling on government across all levels to provide succour to the people, the cleric urged the citizens to be disciplined, and law-abiding and ensure peace and harmony in various communities.

He prayed for God’s guidance and protection for the President, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state and their lieutenants as they make decisions that would benefit the people.

Some of the dignitaries at the prayer ground included former minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola and Minister of Blue Economy, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

Others are the Lagos Council of Traditional White Cap Chiefs, Tinubu’s Private Secretary, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and Lagos Head of Service, Olanode Agoro among others. (NAN)

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