Preach peace for national development, cleric tells leaders

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ABUJA – Sheikh Musa Mohammad, the Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Abuja, has called on religious leaders to continue to educate their followers on the importance of peace to national development.

Mohammad made the call in Abuja on Thursday when the Bureau of Press and Information, Embassy of Egypt, led by its Press Attaché, Mr Ahmed Maher, presented some books to the Mosque.

The cleric said that constant preaching of peace would eliminate violence, promote peaceful co-existence and ensure socioeconomic development in the country.

He added that Islam and Christianity never preached violence.

He noted that Prophet Muhammad and Jesus Christ preached peace even among those who persecuted them in adherence to the tenets of the religions.

The chief imam noted that no leader would support violence, insisting that no true leader in whatever capacity would be happy about disruption of peace.

He urged the Bureau to present more of the books which Maher said were collected from Al-azhar University, Cairo.

Earlier during the presentation of the books to the mosque, Maher said that the gesture was aimed at boosting relationship between Egypt and Nigeria.

According to him, the National Mosque, Abuja, represents a moderate Islamic centre that does not tolerate extremism.

He said the books presentation was an expression of his country’s love to Nigeria and Nigerians.

Maher noted that the Bureau would continue to relate with the Mosque on relevant issues bordering on knowledge acquisition and sustainability of peace.

The Bureau presented 250 books to the Mosque. (NAN)