The Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Saturday expressed optimism that Nigeria would soon overcome the challenges currently facing it.
Speaking to journalists at the Lagos Central Mosque, where he observed the Eid prayers, the governor said he was optimistic that all would be well with the country.
Mr. Fashola, however, said the destiny of the country rested largely in the hands of Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians to resolve to do things right to put the country on the path of progress.
The governor wished Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration and admonished them to use the occasion to renew their commitment to peace and development of the nation.
The governor said that Nigerians still had good reasons to thank God and celebrate, in spite of some of the challenges in the country.
He said that being alive to see another Eid celebration in good health should give the people some hope and opportunity to learn and better the future.
Some officials at the prayer ground with Fashola included Lateef Ibirogba, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser on Media and l Lanre Babalola, Chief of Staff to the governor.
The Commander of the state’s Rapid Response Force, Hakeem Odumosu, was also at the mosque.
Muslims turned out in their numbers for the prayers, even as traders made brisk businesses, selling religious materials to worshippers at the mosque.
On Nnandi Azikwe Street, where the mosque is located, some people were spotted making last minute shopping while a few rams were pulled along the road by their owners.
It was a big feast at the governor`s Marina residence as residents who had come to celebrate with Mr. Fashola ate and drank at the tents that dotted the compound.