The Eid-el-Kabir is not only for celebrations and merry making but a moment for sober reflection and efforts to get closer to God Almighty through actions and utterances.

This is how Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) sees the season.

They want Nigerians to exhibit love, obedience and sacrifice to God, as well as pray for the country.

Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, said this in a sallah message on Thursday in Abuja

“We should also use the occasion to rededicate ourselves to His service by striving to continue to serve humanity irrespective of tribe, creed or political leanings.

“God in His infinite wisdom and mercy has created us the way He has, with all our diversities, and has decreed that we exist in this highly endowed nation as each other’s keeper.

“The best way to express our gratitude to Him is to continue to live in peace and keep on harnessing our diversity.

“We should do these to explore and exploit the numerous opportunities He has endowed our Nation with, in positive ways.

“As our country grapples with various challenges of development, this is also an apt period for all of us to pray earnestly to God to continue to bless Nigeria, guide and guard it.”

He also congratulated Muslim pilgrims for the God-given opportunity to perform the 2017 Hajj, saying “I urge them to, as part of their rituals, pray for the continued peace, security, development and prosperity of our dear country."

WATCH THIS: At 20, I Knew I Was Never Going To Practice Medicine - Kiki Omeili