Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, have urged Muslims nationwide to use religion as a vehicle for the promotion of love, unity and understanding in the country.
Atiku in a statement issued by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, Sunday noted that “religious tolerance is a prerequisite for stable and peaceful country and that religious leaders should use their positions of influence to spread love, tolerance and respect for others who are different.
“Given our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity in the country, our religious leaders should at all times be alert to any threat to peace on account of incendiary utterances in the name of preaching,” it added.
Atiku added that peace and tolerance were essential for practising our individual faith happily.
Continuing, the statement read: “Prophet Muhammad was a paragon of peace, humility and justice for all, and as we honour him on this great occasion, let us follow his examples in words and actions.”
“The Wazirin Adamawa also called on Muslim leaders to work hard to fight religious bigotry which has been responsible for planting the seeds of hate and violence in the country.
Similarly, the national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus also charged Nigerian Muslims to pray for Allah to touch the heart of leaders in our country to be sensitive to the deteriorating plight of the poor.
Secondus in a statement issued by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, said only prayer could save the country “from the obvious collapse of governance and justice in our land.”
The statement said, “The increasing number of people dropping to the extreme poverty level in our country in the last four years and the inability of the government in power to deliver good governance entails that we return to God for help.”
Prince Secondus urged Muslims to “learn from Prophet Mohammad whose birthday the Islamic community globally are marking today and stand up for justice and equity in our land.”
“Let us use this solemn time to ask God to end the endless blood-letting in our land and bring to us leaders at various levels that would put the country first.”