Prince Sulieman Adeyemi, Chairman, Ansar-Un-Deen Society of Nigeria, Alimosho Branch, Lagos, on Tuesday advised Nigerians to continue to be patriotic.
Adeyemi gave the advice at the society’s mosque during the distribution of Sallah meat to less privileged people in Alimosho Local Government Area.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Sallah was a time to reach out to the less privileged members of the society for them to experience the love preached by the holy Prophet Mohammed.
“Ileya is a time we reach out to less privileged people so that they can enjoy the day too. Every year in this branch, we kill a cow and share to the less privileged which is what we are doing now.
“Our message to Nigerians is to abide in God’s teaching and obey government rules because the government is next to God.
“Illeya (Sallah) is an annual event. The slaughter of the ram comes from Prophet Mohammed, to show how he sacrificed his son for God,” he said.
Some of the beneficiaries of the meat expressed joy for the gifts.
Meanwhile, other families seized the opportunity of the holiday to unwind at various relaxation spots.
A NAN correspondent who took a trip to Sweet Sensation, S&P and Tastee Fried Chicken, all on the Egbeda axis, reports that families trooped in to enjoy the holiday.
Mrs Salome Sanda, a resident of Shobowale Street in Egbeda told NAN that the holiday was an opportunity to take her children out.
“Every day, it is the usual rush; rush to work and coming back home late to sleep. Today, being holiday, I feel we should just walk down here, eat, relax, and everyone is happy,” she said.
A banker, Miss Tonia Ogochuku, who spoke with NAN at Sweet Sensation, said the holiday was a time to relax.
“I take myself out and give myself a treat; today is one of such days,” she said.
However, the situation was different for Umar Alhassan, as he took his friends out to Tastee Fried Chicken before the Sallah meal was ready.
“We killed three Rams in our house but my guys are hungry; so, I want to entertain them here a little before we finish it in my house,” he said.