Senate President, Senator David Mark, Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed his Benue State counterpart, Dr. Gabriel Suswam and Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang, Wednesday urged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic or religious affiliations to join hands with their governments to make Nigeria a better place. Mark, who made this remark in his goodwill message to Muslim faithful in commemoration of Ei-de-Maulud, said irrespective of religious or ethnic divide, Nigerians should see themselves as one people binded by a common destiny.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, Mark said: "The challenges we have as a people should be a concern to all of us. Whichever part of Nigeria that is in crisis or trouble should be a source of worry to everyone. "We cannot afford to sit down and fold our hands when some of our compatriots are daily being annihilated. We must put our house in order and resolve that enough is enough.
" Mark urged religious leaders of all faiths to educate their followers on the need to be tolerant, accommodating and show love to their neighbours. He assured that the National Assembly would continue to identify with the wishes and aspirations of the Nigerian people.
Mark added that the legislature would continue to co-operate with the executive arm of government to bring dividends of democracy to the people without compromising the independence of the National Assembly. Speaking also, Suswam called on Nigerians to pray for the end to the killings perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect and other security challenges facing the country.
The governor urged the Muslim community and, indeed, the entire people of the state to use the occasion for the renewal of their commitment to the virtues of humility, love, peace and good neighbourliness, which the Holy prophet stood for. He said if Nigerians lived the lives that reflected the life of Prophet Mohammed, the country would be in a better position to overcome its current security challenges. Suswam also called on Muslims to pray fervently for an end to the security problems posed posed by the sect so that Nigerians can concentrate on developmental activities and nation-building
He noted with satisfaction the relative peace which has prevailed in Benue State as a result of the prayers, vigilance and the commitment of the people to peace and good neighbourliness, and urged the people to re-double their efforts for sustainable peace in the state. The governor said on its part, the government would continue to provide social amenities to make life better for the people as well as provide the enabling environment for the people to actualise their potentials.
Similarly, Ahmed in a message signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, urged the Muslim Ummah to imbibe the enduring qualities of Prophet Muhammed, by being good neighbours to all, without religious or ethnic biases. He said Muslims should at all times emulate the prophet who was an embodiment of virtues and exemplary example for mankind. The governor added that it was imperative that Muslims do not see the occasion as merely one to be away from work due
to the public holiday but an opportunity to reflect on what prophet Muhammed represented. On his part, Jang tasked Muslims on peace, tolerance and respect for law and order as expected of true followers of the teachings of Prophet Mohammed. Jang in a good will message signed by his Director of Press Affairs, Mr. James Mannok, in Jos, said: "Muslims should exemplify love and respect for one another and to all humanity."
Jang in a good will message signed by his Director of Press Affairs, Mr. James Mannok, in Jos, said: "Muslims should exemplify love and respect for one another and to all humanity." Jang advised Muslims to use the period to reflect on the virtues of peace, progress and development and should fully participate in building a strong united Nigeria. The governor urged all Nigerian citizens to practice their religion in truth and in faith for a harmonious society, especially: "In view of the security challenges that have befallen us."
Meanwhile, a member of the National Assembly, representing Ilorin East/Ilorin South federal constituency, Hon. Ahmad Ali, called on Muslims to shun all forms of actions capable of threatening the corporate existence of the country. Ali said it was high time the Muslims make use of all the virtues of Prophet Muhammed so as to move the nation forward. He said Islam was a religion of peace and all efforts should be made to consolidate on this for the overall