Eid-el-Maulud: Jonathan To Nigerians: Pray For Peace

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President Goodluck Jonathan has called on all Nigerians,
especially Muslims, to continue to pray for peace in the country.

The president made the call in a message to the nation on
the Eid-el-Maulud celebration, which commemorates the birth of Prophet
Mohammed.

He urged all true believers in the prophet’s divine message
to embrace peace and resolve to do more to support ongoing efforts by the
Federal Government and its security agencies to ensure greater safety of lives
and property.

The president urged the faithfuls to offer special prayers
for the officers and men of Nigeria’s security agencies at home and abroad
working hard and sometimes making the supreme sacrifice for the security of the
country.

He urged the faithfuls to remember the Emir of Kano, Alhaji
Ado Bayero, and members of his family in their prayers and pray for their
speedy recovery from the trauma of the attack on them.

The president also urged them to pray for the peaceful
repose of the souls of those who sadly lost their lives in the assault on “an
icon of the revered institution of traditional rulership in the country”.

He also called on Muslims to seize the opportunity of the
celebrations to rededicate themselves to doing their best to live up to the
ideals of honesty, selflessness, tolerance, good neighbourliness, justice,
equity and fairness which the prophet preached and exemplified.

The president, on behalf of himself, his family and the
Federal Government wished all Nigerians happy Eid-el- Maulud celebrations.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike
Ekweremadu, has called on the Muslim Ummah to pray for peaceful co-existence,
security and prosperity of the nation.

He made the call in Abuja on Wednesday in a goodwill message
to the Muslim Ummah to commemorate Eid-el-Maulud.

The message was signed by Mr Uche Anichukwu, the Special
Adviser on  Media to the Deputy Senate
President,

Ekweremadu said that though the country’s religions and
cultures professed peace, love and good neighbourliness, ‘acts of hate and
terrorism were being perpetrated under the guise of religion and ethnicity’.

He called on Muslim faithfuls to emulate the exemplary life
of the holy prophet.

“The birth of the holy prophet is still being celebrated
even thousands of years after his death because he preached and practised
religious faith anchored on peaceful coexistence, unity and love for one’s
neighbour,” he said.

Ekweremadu wished all Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-el-Maulud
celebration.

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on
Nigerians to put aside their differences and join hands in building an
endearing society for the benefit of all.

Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, made
the call in goodwill message to Muslims to commemorate the Eid el-Maulud in
Abuja on Wednesday.

According to him, it is only when Nigerians set aside
religious, ethnic and political differences and unite that the nation will
become a pride to all.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to use the occasion of Eid
el-Maulud to reflect on its message and to imbibe the attributes of peace,
oneness and love which the Holy Prophet Mohammed epitomised.

The PDP spokesman also called for an end to sectarian
strives in the country, saying: “Nigerians must learn to be their brothers’
keepers irrespective of religious, political and tribal leanings’’.

“We are one people united by a common destiny, therefore, we
must set aside all our differences and work together as one people.

“We must use this occasion to reflect and imbibe the
attributes of peace, unity and love toward one another,’’ he said.

Metuh also called on religious leaders to continue spreading
the message of love and tolerance among Nigerians.

He further reiterated the party‘s commitment to continue to
provide a purposeful leadership in the country.