President Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians to have faith in God that the country would experience peace, stability and prosperity and be ready to make sacrifices for its prosperity.

He enjoined Nigerians to continue to make sacrifices for the good and growth of the country.

He spoke with journalists after observing the Eid al-Adha prayers at Dodan Barracks prayer ground in Lagos.

He stressed the need for unity and cooperation and appealed to Nigerians to eschew ethnic and religious rivalries.

While noting that Allah would not burden the country with what it cannot bear, the President said: “I thank Almighty Allah for keeping us in good health till today and pray to Him to grant us robust health and prosperity. May our sacrifices turn into prosperity. We have to make the sacrifices and that is clear, we have to.

“But Allah will not give you a burden that you cannot carry. He is there for us. We must have faith in the country. Have faith in ourselves, believing that as citizens of this country, we must join hands to build the nation.

“No religious identity, no tribal identity, let us live with one another in joy and prosperity. Nigeria will see peace and stability and God will grant peace to those of us at the war front.”

President Tinubu also used the occasion to pray for Nigerian troops on the frontline in the fight against insurgency, saying it is his earnest desire and that of the nation that they emerge victorious.

The Eid prayer, which started at 9 a.m. was led by the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Oluwatoyin Abu-Nolah.

The Chief Imam later performed the obligatory slaughtering of the ram at the Eid prayer ground in celebration of the significance of the noble act of Prophet Ibrahim in total obedience to Allah’s command.

Speaking on behalf of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat felicitated with Muslims across Nigeria and in the state for the joy of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, urging them to unite behind President Tinubu in his determination to make the country better.

“It is our duty to pray for our leaders. We must pray for our President that God should help him to succeed in the task before him.”

The prayer was attended by the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, former governor of Lagos State and immediate past minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, among other notable government officials and top politicians.

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