Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ambassador Sanders' at Iftaar Dinner in Ilorin 2008

U.S. Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders
Remarks as prepared for delivery

Iftaar Dinner

Governor’s Lodge, Ilorin, Kwara State
Sunday, September 21, 2008

Assalamu Alaikum, Ramadan Mubarak. I am honored to be invited during this holy month of Ramadan by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, the Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Sulu Gambari, Honorable First Lady of Kwara State, Executive Council Members, distinguished ladies and gentlemen of Kwara State, and all other protocols duly observed. As you know, Ramadan is a special time of prayer, fasting, service and commemoration for the revelation of God’s word to the prophet Muhammad.

Muslims in the United States often celebrate Ramadan with the encouragement and support of friends, colleagues and neighbors. So I am here tonight to support and honor the friendship and traditions of a great faith by taking part in this Iftaar dinner hosted by His Excellency, the Governor of Kwara State.

It is also befitting that I have only recently returned to assume my official duties in Nigeria after spending time with my family. It is in this spirit that I share this evening with you during the holy month of Ramadan, as part of the Kwara State family, to celebrate the Muslim faith. We all share a commitment to peace, to love of faith, to love of country, to love of family, and to caring for the people of Kwara State. As we break fast together we note that America treasures friendship with Kwara State and welcomes and honors your faith.

Ramadan Kareem, and thank you, Honorable Governor, for the opportunity to take part in this special occasion.