An advocate of equal justice and Secretary-General of the Human Rights Watch and Youths Empowerment Foundation in Nigeria, Saint Valentine Unimuke, made this remark in Lagos-Nigeria while celebrating with Muslims believers in Lagos chapter of the Foundation.
Comrade Unimuke in his message, he enjoined members of the Human Rights Watch Foundation to use themselves as brightness that can at anytime vanish the shadow of troubles, and he continues by saying, that light is peace among us.
Mr. Valentine said that as Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts all over the world to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, they should do so responsibly.
The Sec. General, in the message through his personal assistant on corporate communications Biose Hilder, on Sunday in Lagos, urged Muslim faithfuls to extend the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which are love, peace and justice to their daily living and through this, contributing to the development of the nation and the Foundation.
He said that this year’s celebration was coming at a time when the world was plagued by Coronavirus pandemic and thanked them for their sacrifices and prayers for the nation and their decision to celebrate in their homes because of the prevailing pandemic.
The secretary general stressed that the importance of respecting the faith and belief of all Nigerians as enshrined in the Constitution of Nigeria could not be over-emphasized and charged all Muslim faithful in the group and Nigerians to use the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation.
The rest of the message reads as follows:
On behalf of the President/Founder Ambassador Agim Godwin Apple, and national board of trustees of Human Rights Foundation,I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid-el-Fitr in the group, Nigeria and around the world.
I congratulate all our countrymen and women who have successfully undertaken the month-long Ramadan fasting.
As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, it is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity,
peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation.
You are celebrating this year’s Eid-el-Fitr in an unusual atmosphere because of the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the nations of the world.
We commend your courage and sacrifices in agreeing to celebrate and pray from your various homes as directed by his eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of religion or place of origin, and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.
It is my hope that the spiritual journey and celebration bring joy to all of you around the world.