We would like to congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters upon Eid Al Adhuha on Thursday, 24th September 2015. Eid Al Adhuha, which is one of the most important feasts of the Muslim faith, celebrated every year on the 10th day of the Islamic Month of Dhul Hijja, and is observed one day after the holy day of Arafat.
Just as it is observed in remembrance of Ibrahim’s readiness to sacrifice his son out of faith in Allah, we call upon all Muslims to emulate Ibrahim and sacrifice on behalf of the country. Let us all sacrifice ourselves every day for the good of the country. Let the Eid Al Adhuha celebrations be a reminder to each and every one of us to sacrifice personal interests and greed for the good of promoting the common good of every one in Uganda.
Finally, we appeal to Ugandans offering themselves for leadership at various levels to work for unity, harmony, and peaceful co-existence in their communities, as core values that consolidate social cohesion and stability.
We also wish to remind Ugandans to focus on issues that transcend personalities and cheap politics, and to see beyond temporary inducements and other selfish gains. Our country, our future and dignity as a nation are priceless and cannot be bought or sold in a political market place.
Once again, we take this opportunity to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy Eid Al Adhuha.
His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
President of the Republic of Uganda
Chairman of the National Resistance Movement
The Family of Late General Aronda Nyakairima
RE: CONDOLENCE MESSAGE
The Council of Presidents, Board and Staff of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) wish to convey their heartfelt sympathy to the family of the Late General Aronda Nyakairima, Minister of Internal Affairs. The death of General Aronda has robbed the family, the Church and, indeed, Uganda of a great Statesman.
General Aronda was a nationalist and a great Pan Africanist. He was an incorruptible gentleman who demonstrated a high level of integrity, and valued everyone’s contribution to nation-building. He exhibited very uncommon qualities in a country riddled with laziness, corruption and intrigue, and always worked over and above those hitches that have seemed to mar this country.
As IRCU, we worked with him very closely during the 2011 general elections to secure peace and non-violence in the country. We also worked with him to mobilize the entire country for the national ID exercise. In all these, we found him exceptionally humble and committed to his work.
We pray that God comforts his family, relatives, friends, and all those who knew him; as they mourn a husband, a father and hero. During this time of grief, we want to comfort his family with these verses: “A good reputation is better than an expensive perfume” (Ecclesiastes 7: 1); “In the same way, good deeds are plainly seen, and even those that are not so plain cannot be hidden.” (1 Timothy 5:25).
May the Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace!
INTER-RELIGIOUS COUNCIL OF UGANDA
Cc: The Chairperson and Co-Chairpersons IRCU Council of Presidents
Cc: The Chairperson IRCU Board