This Day (Lagos)

24 January 2013

Nigeria: PDP, Tambuwal, Others Preach Tolerance At Eid-El-Maulud

As Nigerians join the rest of the world to celebrate Eid-el-Maulud, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday urged Nigerians to put aside their differences and join hands in building an endearing society for the benefit of all.

This admonition came as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, alongside Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Mr. Peter Obi (Anambra), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) yesterday urged Nigerians to imbibe the culture of tolerance as the country marks the Maulud (birth) of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

But PDP in a goodwill message to Muslims and they to mark the occasion, reiterated that it was only when Nigerians set aside religious, ethnic and political differences and unite that the nation will become a place all will be proud of.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday urged Nigeriansto use the occasion to reflect on the message of Eid-el-Maulud and imbibe the attributes of peace, oneness and love which the Holy Prophet Mohammed epitomised.

"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 towards one another," Metuh said.

He also called on religious leaders not to relent in spreading the message of love and tolerance amongNigerians.

Stating that it had faith in Nigerians, the PDP reiterated its commitment to continue to provide a purposeful leadership to thenation.

Equally, Tambuwal in a message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, appealed to Nigerians to eschew bitterness and primordial sentiments in their dealings with one another.

He said Prophet Muhammad's life was an example in forthrightness, diligence, hardwork, and commitment to set objectives, adding that when imbibed, these virtues can help propel any nation towards rapid growth and development.

The speaker noted that it was imperative for Nigerians during the occasion to collectively reflect on how the Prophet's life and ideals can help the country overcome its present challenges.

On his part, Uduaghan called on Nigerians to use the unique opportunity offered by the Eid-el -Maulud to reflect on the security challenges currently threatening the corporate existence of the country.

According to him, Nigerians should reflect on the virtues and ideals which the prophet exemplified and taught, stressing that Nigerians must use the occasion to rededicate themselves to the ideals of nationhood.

"I sincerely believe that we will make faster progress towards the realisation of our shared vision of a strong, united and prosperous nation if our people imbibe the prophet's lessons of peace, tolerance, honesty, selflessness, sincerity, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence with others, including fairness to all," he stated.

Collaborating Uduaghan's stance, Obi said: "The lives of personages in every clime offer insights into the philosophies that have impacted on history and civilisation."

According to him, "one of the tenets of Islam, the religion founded by Prophet Mohammed, is peace. At this time of incessant sectarian crisis in Nigeria, the greatest tribute we can pay to the memory of Prophet Mohammed is to ensure peaceful relations among Nigerians. I wish all Nigerians a joyous celebration."

Speaking also, Aregbesola charged Muslims on good behaviour and harmonious relationship with neighbours wherever they reside.

Aregbesola said the essence of religion is to make adherents of such faith better followers in their living standard, behaviour, deeds and utterances.

Also speaking, Dickson called on Muslim faithful nationwide to use the occasion to pray for the unity and oneness of the country as well the success of the present political administration in the country.

He called on Nigerians to put aside their ethno-religious differences and join hands in building an egalitarian society, stressing that Prophet Mohammed was an epitome of peace and oneness.

"It is high time we realise the needs to live together as brothers and work for the common progressof our dear country. We are one people united by a common destiny. Every state should be seen as a home," he said.

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