Nigerians celebrate Sallah amid hardship, rising food prices

NIGERIAN Muslims on Saturday joined their counterpart across the world to celebrate this year’s Eid-ul-adha otherwise as the festival of sacrifice in Saudi Arabia.

This is coming amid the economic hardship currently biting hard in Nigeria with many people lamenting severe lack of purchasing ability hampering their celebrations.

It was gathered that almost two million pilgrims from across the world, with no fewer than 65,000 Nigerian pilgrims climbing Mount Arafat as the 2024 Hajj exercise reached its climax.

The day was characterised by high temperature as, according to a member of the National Medical Team of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Dr Ibrahim, the temperature as of Saturday morning was 46 degree Celsius.

Despite warning pilgrims to remain in their respective tents to supplicate and conduct every other act of worship, pilgrims trooped into the Mount of Arafat and attended the Arafat sermon at the Namirat Mosque within the precinct of the sacred mount.

Some pilgrims who spoke with Sunday Tribune expressed excitement for being part of this year’s Hajj, saying that it was a lifetime experience for them.

A female pilgrim from Lagos State, among those who spoke, said it had been a lifetime ambition to perform Hajj, adding that she was grateful to Allah for eventually being in Saudi Arabia and witnessing Arafat Day.

“I am very much excited to be part of this year’s Hajj. It has always been my ambition to come for Hajj and I cannot but thank Allah for making it possible for me,” she said.

Your sacrifices will not be in vain, Tinubu tells Nigerians

President Bola Tinubu has celebrated with the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, saying that the sacrifices of Nigerians will not be in vain.

A statement on Saturday by presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said that the president congratulated the Muslim faithful and prayed that Allah accepts their supplications and acts of obedience.

It noted that Eid-el-Kabir is an event that denotes sacrifice, faith, and obedience to the will of the Almighty.

President Tinubu enjoined Nigerians to reflect on the essence of the occasion, which bears strong meaning and significance for the nation.

He emphasised that sacrifice and duty are essential ingredients to nation-building, noting that it takes collective purpose, will, and action to bring about great change.

President Tinubu called on citizens to spare a prayer for the nation for continuous peace and stability while working according to purpose in promoting unity, peace, and progress.

The president acknowledged the sacrifices that Nigerians have made in the past one year as his administration sets the nation on a firm pedestal of growth and development.

Tinubu affirmed that “the sacrifices and great expectations of citizens will not come to naught as already propitious outcomes are beginning to manifest with the economy strengthening and vibrancy returning to critical sectors.”

The president reassured Nigerians that his administration is prioritising their physical, social, and economic security and will not relent on this noble endeavour.

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