Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Friday urged Nigerian leaders to do more in sacrificing for the poor masses as Muslims celebrate the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir.
Olorunrinu, who represented Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I in the 8th Lagos Assembly, in his Sallah message to Nigerians, said that the Eid-el-Kabir signified sacrifice and selflessness.
The lawmaker, who moved from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) few days to the expiration of his tenure, said that sacrifice was imperative for the nation’s unity and progress.
According to him, except Nigerians and their leaders resolve to embrace the virtues of sacrifice and selflessness, the dream of the founding founders of the nation will never be achieved.
Olorunrinu said: “As we celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, let us reflect on the lesson of sacrifice which the Eid-El Kabir signifies and use the opportunity to pray for this virtues to be demonstrated by Nigerians and our leaders.
“This year’s Sallah is a clarion call for Nigerians to do more on sacrifice, selflessness and sincere commitment to work for the unity and progress of this country.
“Considering what the nation is going through, there is the need for more selfless services to God and humanity. This season should go beyond merriment and fun-making. Let us sacrifice more for the poor.”
The former lawmaker said that it was important for all, especially Nigerian leaders to imbibe the virtues of sacrifice to make ordinary Nigerians happy and hopeful.
According to him, Nigerians should renew their commitment to live together, ensure good neighbourliness and love for the country.
“As we celebrate this festive season, let us renew our faith in our nation and work hard to make the country work. Let us pray God to restore the nation to the path of greatness.”
“This year’s Eid-el-Kabir also calls for more patience and patriotism for the good of all and the nation.
“These are vital virtues needed at this time for the nation to move forward. If we all sacrifice for one another, our society will be a good one to live in as both the rich and the poor with be happy and safe.
“I wish my our Muslim bothers and sisters in Amuwo Odofin Constituency, in Lagos State and in Nigeria as a whole happy Eid-el-Kabir,” he said.
Olorunrinu advised Nigerians to take responsibility to stop the spread of COVID-19 and adhere strictly to all the given precautionary protocols and guidelines.
He urged Muslims to celebrate responsibly and be cautious of Coronavirus.