Jonathan congratulates Muslims on Sallah 

Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has sent messages of goodwill to Nigerians and Muslims in particular on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir festival.


Mr. Jonathan made his goodwill message on Thursday in his Eid-El-Kabir Message to Nigerians, which was made available to State House correspondents in Abuja.


He called on Muslims and Nigerians in general  to live up to the highest ideals of religious beliefs, including the fear of God, selfless service, honesty, justice, equity, fairness, dutifulness, peace and harmonious co-existence with others.


The president also congratulated all Nigerians who successfully undertook the Hajj operations. He also ordered a probe into the deportation of some Nigerian female pilgrims from Mecca over the issue of lack of male guardian.


He said the essence of the probe was to ensure that Hajj airlift operations are never disrupted by such problems in future and Nigerian pilgrims not subjected to such traumatic experience again.


Mr. Jonathan said the country would make faster progress toward the attainment of developmental objectives with the co-operations of the citizens.  He said his administration would continue to give dedicated, committed, focused and purposeful leadership toward overcoming old and emerging challenges before the nation.


The president said Nigerians should use the occasion of the Sallah celebration to remember the plight of the victims of flooding.


“I have already announced a relief package of close to N18 billion and constituted a national committee to raise more funds to help victims of the floods.


“In the true spirit of our major religions which enjoin us to be generous to the needy, I urge all Nigerians who can do so to donate munificently to the national relief fund for affected persons and communities.


Mr. Jonathan said the presidency will ensure that the funds are properly utilized for the benefit of the flood victims.


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