As Muslims mark the Maulud (the birthday of Prophet Mohammed) today all over the country, President Goodluck Jonathan, Senate President David Mark and the political parties have called on Nigerians to live in harmony with one another.
They also called on Nigerians to pray for security forces in the country and abroad in their ongoing effort to tackle terrorism and security challenges.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said in a statement that Jonathan appealed to Moslems to offer special prayers for peace in the country, and noted that it was a point of duty for all true believers in the Prophet Mohammed's divine message, as they celebrate his birthday, to continue to pray for peace in all parts of the country.
Mark, in his own goodwill message said that irrespective of religious or ethnic divide, Nigerians must see themselves as one people bonded by a common destiny.
He noted the challenges facing the nation including security and suggested that collective approach was needed to tackle the menace.
The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) called on all Muslims and indeed all Nigerians to share with one another and spread the virtues of peace, love and charity, which the holy Prophet lived for as the Muslim world celebrates Eid-el Maulud, the birth of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu yesterday urged Muslims to use the festival as a period of sober reflection on the numerous challenges facing the country and to renew their faith in Allah (SWT) and also pray for solutions to the nation's challenges.