The wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has urged Nigerians to, irrespective of religion, embrace togetherness and mutual cooperation. These, she said, were essential for peace to reign in the society and for the country to make progress. Sanwo-Olu, who said this at a special Eid-El-Kabir celebration organised by the state government at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, pointed out that these were the core messages of the Muslim festival.
“Today’s festival brings us together not as Muslims or Christians but as one family, either by blood or by friendship. “The Holy Prophet (peace be unto him) said, ‘togetherness promotes goodness and separation causes misery’. “Allah supports those living together, eating together and do not separate because surely the blessings (of Allah) lie in togetherness. “Islam has not only preached but has also laid down rules and practices, which help to promote unity and togetherness.
For example, the Jama’h (congregational) prayers and the Hajj are meant to foster togetherness. Togetherness and mutual cooperation bring prosperity to all. This creates a bond of friendship and helpfulness to one another in times of need. It gives rise to strength and power to face an enemy,” a statement quoted the governor’s wife to have said.