As Muslims the world over celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival, Senator Francis Alimikhena (APC-Edo), has felicitated with Muslim brothers and sisters from Edo North Senatorial District on the occasion.
In his Sallah message, Alimikhena, who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariff, enjoined all Muslim faithful in his senatorial district and Nigerians to pray for security in Nigeria as well as an end to the global scourge of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19 pandemic.
The lawmaker noted that a strict adherence to the teachings of Islam in the areas of love, brotherliness, piousness, peaceful coexistence as well as tolerance will greatly assist in promoting security of lives and property, adding that all should pray in their private homes for sustainable solution to the coronavirus disease ravaging the world.
According to the former Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, he will continue to represent his constituents by ensuring that they continue to enjoy benefits from government in terms of projects addressing the challenges of the district like provision of water, electric transformers and street light.
He added that he will soon embark on “massive empowerment” to alleviate poverty for some of his constituents in need after the COVID-19 lockdown and its negative effects.
Alimikhena urged Muslims to imbibe all safety measures and precautionary protocols of COVID-19 as the celebrate the festival and afterwards, adding that they should shun social vices as contained in the Quran as such are not only detrimental to the individuals well-being on the long run but harm the fabric of the society in various ways.
He urged Muslims to emulate the virtuous life of total obedience, love, justice and self sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim. He noted that those virtues are the entire essence of Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Also, as Edo State prepares for the September 19 governorship election, the Senator representing Edo North has urged Muslims to pray for a violent-free election.
He said, “I urge Nigerians to unite across ethnic, political, and religious lines to move the nation forward, for no kingdom divided against itself ever makes the desired progress.
“The Eid-el-Kabir is symbolic as it constantly reminds us of great lessons of selflessness and absolute trust in God as shown in the life of Prophet Ibrahim.”