Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on Muslim faithful to exhibit kindness, love and generosity regardless of faith or ethnicity. He made the appeal in a statement issued by his spokesman, Laolu Akande.
Also addressing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, which he presided over, Osinbajo saluted Muslims on the spiritual exercise.
The Vice President said for Nigeria to make progress, everyone must recommit themselves to unity, brotherliness and peace. He said: “I must express my very sincere greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters who have begun the Ramadan fast already, and to say that, this is not just the time for abstinence from food, drink and other worldly pleasures, but also a time for us to rededicate ourselves to higher virtues of kindness, love, generosity towards one other as brothers and sisters, regardless of faith or ethnicity.”
“ For our nation, it is a time I believe, to recommit ourselves to unity, brotherhood, peace and reconciliation in various ways so that our country will achieve all of the objectives that we have all set for ourselves.”
BESIDES, the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) implored adherents to pray for peace and forgiveness.
Its Executive Secretary, Reverend Father Cornelius Omonokhua, in a statement yesterday, noted that shared love between Christians and Muslims was crucial to a united and peaceful Nigeria.
He said: “As our Muslim brothers embark on this journey through the holy month of Ramadan, may the Almighty Allah guide our footsteps and answer our prayers with abundant blessings. Recall that Lent and Ramadan are Holy seasons of fasting, abstinence, almsgiving, works of mercy and forgiveness. In the spirit of these sacred seasons, abstinence and almsgiving is: No Pain, No Gain. Pain is a stepping stone to growth.”
ALSO yesterday, the Plateau State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Fr. Polycarp Lubo, appealed to Muslim Ummah to fervently pray for the nation.
Fielding questions from reporters in Jos, the cleric lamented pervasive insecurity in the country, enjoining the celebrants to intercede against the menace, “because Allah is the only one who knows everything and controls it whenever worshippers turn to him in fasting and prayers.”
While calling for the people to continually live in peace and harmony, he beseeched those, who do not wish the country well, to turn a new leaf, informing them that their doomsday prediction would not come to pass. Lubo assured the faithful of continued prayers from the Christian community.
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