The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) yesterday urged Nigerians to support government in tackling the problems of corruption and insecurity in the country.
The President General of the council and Sultan of Sokoto Sa'ad Abubakar made the call in a Christmas message signed by the council's Director of Administration, Alhaji Amin Igwegbe.
"Development cannot be achieved in a state of insecurity, therefore we should cooperate with the authorities to secure the nation. We should mobilise all our faithful to be security conscious, by reporting every suspicious movement to the nearest security outfit. A secured and corrupt-free Nigeria will earn the country greatness," the statement said.
It felicitated with Christians in the country and urged them to use the Christmas period to cultivate positive values that would strengthen national unity and integration.
Meanwhile, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), called on Nigerians to use the occasion of the Christmas celebrations to display the true spirit of reverence as enshrined in their faiths.
The call was contained in a Christmas message issued in Abuja yesterday by the spokesman, Mr Kenny Ashaka.
He said that Christmas should be enjoyed by all, pointing out that the birth of Christ was for the salvation of mankind and not for a particular race or religion.
Oritsejafor congratulated Nigerians on the Christmas celebrations and urged them not to relent in their prayers for the church and the nation.