By Eseoghene Emuke
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State have called on Nigerians most especially Muslim faithful to use the occasion of Eid-El-Maulud to pray and strengthens the country’s unity.
Omo-Agege and Okowa in separate statements on Sunday urged Muslims faithful to emulate the virtues and life Holy Prophet Muhammad to advance the common good of Nigerians.
The Deputy President of the Senate made the call in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Yomi Odunuga, on Sunday.
Omo-Agege, who represents Delta Central at the Senate, said the country would attain greatness and peace if religious faithful adhere to the tenets of the religion and extend love to one another irrespective of the religion they belong.
While felicitating with Muslims in the country on the birthday celebration Holy Prophet Muhammad, the lawmaker urged worshippers to emulate the peace and virtues which the Holy Prophet preaches.
He was upbeat that the important Islamic ceremony of Eid-el-Maulud would help to promote religious tolerance, peaceful coexistence and mutual harmony among all Nigerians.
“Prophet Muhammad preached peace, truthfulness, faithfulness and he eschewed all vices including corruption and bitterness. Muslims should stick to his preachings. The Prophet was a complete man of peace,” he said.
Similarly, Delta governor, while congratulating muslim faithful, called for unity among Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic backgrounds, to enable the country to surmount its challenges.
Okowa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, the governor urged Muslims to pray particularly for peaceful and united Nigeria.
He urged Nigerians to use the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace and unity in the country, saying that the country could only develop and surmount its challenges when it was peaceful and united.
“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate all Islamic faithful on the occasion of the celebration of Eid-el-Maulud, the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
“It is a clarion call on all adherents of Islamic faith to rededicate themselves to upholding the admonitions of the Holy Qur’an in their personal lives and in their relationships with others.
“It is imperative that Muslims and indeed, all Nigerians use the opportunity of the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday to reflect on His teachings and live a life of piety, prayer, honesty, selflessness, charity, tolerance and good neighbourliness.
“As we continue to build on our ‘Stronger Delta’ vision, we will continue to partner our Muslim brothers living in Delta by promoting the welfare of all citizens while ensuring the protection of lives and property.
“I wish all Deltans, particularly the Muslims, joyful celebrations during the holiday as I also pray for the warmth of Allah’s love to fill every home,” he stated.