Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Presidential Advisory Council and Abia State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the last general election, Prof Gregory Ibe has congratulated Muslim faithful in the state and across the world as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
Professor Ibe who is a member of the Presidential Advisory Council of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, enjoined Muslims to emulate the sacrificial lifestyle of Prophet Ibrahim by extending charity to the less privileged.
The Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies who gave the admonition in an Eid El Kabir goodwill message, encouraged all adherents of Islamic faith to demonstrate their love for Allah by engaging in charitable acts of alms giving by extending their blessing to others in order to make the world go round.
According to Prof Ibe, “While congratulating our Muslim brothers on the commemoration of Eid El Kabir, I want to use this occasion to enjoin them to emulate the sacrificial lifestyle of Prophet Ibrahim by freely extending their blessing to the less privileged members of the society and thereby make the world go round.”
Contending that promoting the lifestyle of distributing to the needs of the indigent members of the community guarantees a better society, Prof Ibe counseled Muslims to use the Eid El Kabir festival to counter the worrisome hike in the spate of criminality by reaching out and touching the lives of others.
“It is against the backdrop of the worrisome hike of criminality in Abia State that I want to enjoin our brothers to emulate the sacrificial virtues exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim in keeping with the Islamic law of Zakat by reaching out and touching the lives of the less privileged members of the society,” he said.
The Federal Government had declared Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 of June as public holidays in celebration of the 2023 edition of the Muslim festival of Eid El Kabir.