The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Monday urged Nigerians, especially Muslims, to reflect on the significant of the Eid el-Kabir and imbibe religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence through being one another’s keeper.
Mohammed made the call in his Sallah message after observing the two obligatory (rakaats) prayers to mark the Eid el-Kabir at the Oro praying ground in Irepodun Local Government Area, Kwara. He charged religious leaders in the country to close ranks and be a role model to their followers in order to achieve the desired socio-economic development envisioned for the country.
The minister who saluted the citizens’ high level of perseverance in the face of the nation’s economic woes, urged them to remain supportive of governments’ developmental initiatives.
He noted that the much desired positive change could only be achieved in an atmosphere devoid of rancour and acrimony. The minister said that the country was in dire need of unity, peace in the leadership quest to find workable solution to its numerous challenges. “We have to be our brothers’ keeper, irrespective of our diverse ethno-religion, culture and political back grounds. “It is, therefore, a significant part of the Sallah celebration for Muslims and other Nigerians to be tolerant, honest and peaceful,” he said.
The Chief Imam of Oro Central Mosque, Alhaji Mikail Jamiu in a message, urged Muslims to imbibe good deeds and shun anti-social vices. He enjoined the leaders to be more committed to ensuring good governance for the overall benefit of the citizenry. “Your appointments into position of authority should be a clarion call and a service toward impacting on the less privilege and the needy,” Jamiu said. The Oloro of Oro kingdom, Oba Abdulrofiu Oyelaran, urged wealthy individuals to extend their hand of assistance to the less privileged for them to have a comfortable living. He said such move would go a long to ameliorate the impact of the nation’s economic challenges on the citizens.
The Olofa of Offa, Oba Mufutau Gbadamosi, in his Sallah message urged Nigerians to imbibe, honesty and transparency in their day to day activities.
According to him, it is only the act of righteousness that will assist our collective efforts to transform the country socially and economically.