Fashola urges Nigerians to embrace peace, tolerate one another

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Tuesday urged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic and religious differences, to embrace peace and tolerate one another.

Fashola made the call at the Obalende praying ground, Ikoyi, Lagos, where he observed the Eid-El-Kabir prayers.

The governor, while describing the celebration as a day of thanksgiving, urged Nigerians to toe the line of peace for the stability and progress of the nation.

“We must seek forgiveness from God and forgive our neighbours and fellow human beings.

“We must pray that the philosophy and ideal of sacrifice to build our society exists. Because, it is only under the atmosphere of peace that we can prosper and bring economic prosperity to our people,” he said.

Also, Alhaji Sheik Akewuusola, the Chief Imam of Badagry, urged Muslim faithful to remain holy and impact the lives of the poor.

Akewuusola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Badagry, Lagos State.

He urged Muslims to be kind hearted and always protect one another.

“Muslims should remain holy in all their endeavours and ensure that they protect one another in various ways.

“They should be their brother’s keeper and lend a helping hand to the poor.

“Givers never lack, and in helping those that are in need, blessings shall be upon them,” the cleric said.

At Ijegun area of Lagos, Alhaji Kareem Oseni, the Imam of Fagbile Mosque, Ijegun,   advised Nigerians to avoid making statements that could be inimical to the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.

“Islam stands for peace; so, all Muslims and indeed Nigerians must work hard to maintain peace, progress and unity of Nigeria.

“We must be careful not to make any statement that can undermine the nation’s peace, unity and progress,” he said in his Sallah sermon..

The cleric urged Muslim faithful to emulate the exemplary quality of Prophet Mohammed, who in obedience to God almost sacrificed his only son to Allah, until God provided an alternative.

Alfa Azeez Misbideen, a Muslim cleric, told NAN that Eid-el-Kabir offered Muslims the opportunity to be grateful to God for providing the alternative.

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