Read President Goodluck Jonathan’s Eid-El Kabir Message
President Goodluck Jonathan has delivered a
speech on the eve of Muslim festival Eid-El
Read it below.
Compatriots, I greet and felicitate with all our
countrymen and women of the Islamic faith as
we celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
I also congratulate all believers who have
successfully undertaken the Hajj this year as
enjoined by Prophet Mohammed (May Peace
Be Upon Him).
As they conclude the rites of the Hajj and
prepare to return home, let us all join them in
offering special prayers for greater security,
peace, unity and progress in our dear country
as well as for the peaceful and successful
conduct of next year’s general elections.
With this week’s issuance of a formal notice of
the impending general elections by the
Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC), another national campaign season is
now truly upon us and I urge all political
leaders in the country to place the overriding
interest of the well-being and progress of our
fatherland above all other considerations in
the coming campaigns and elections.
My administration has done its sincere best in
the past four years to implement its agenda
for national transformation and move our
country forward on several fronts.
I thank the many individuals, stakeholders,
groups, associations, non-governmental
organisations, unions nd political leaders from
across the country who have, in recognition
and appreciation of ur efforts and
commitment to repositioning our dear nation
for more rapid growth and development,
urged me to seek a second term in office.
In deciding on an appropriate response to
such calls, I will place the greater interests of
national harmony, cohesion, unity, security,
political stability, progress, equity, justice and
fairness above any personal ambition or
I urge all other political leaders in the country
to do the same. Let us all rise above
unedifying, unpatriotic and selfish personal
interests and divisive sectional agenda in the
coming national elections.
Let us also commit ourselves more to the
sustenance of democracy and political stability
which are essential prerequisites for the
advancement of good governance, inclusive
economic growth and rapid development.
In spite of the significant progress we have
made in the past four years, our dear nation
continues to face critical challenges in some
areas. I am convinced however that if we
persevere and continue to build diligently on
what the present administration has achieved,
we will surely overcome all hindrances and
fully establish a stronger, more united and
prosperous nation that
meets the aspirations and yearnings of all of
As we celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, let us also
rededicate and commit ourselves to the Holy
Prophet’s injunctions of piety, honesty, charity
and generosity to the less privileged, impartial
leadership and true justice for all.
These virtues and lessons will surely stand our
nation in good stead as we continue our
journey towards the fulfillment of our
vision of a great nation.
May Allah’s blessings be upon all our
compatriots who have undertaken the Hajj
this year and on our dear country.
I wish all Nigerians currently in the Holy Land a
safe journey back home.
Happy Eid-El-Kabir to you all.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
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