LAGOS – Alhaji Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on Muslims to use the spiritual benefits of the Ramadan to contribute to the development of the nation.
He made the call on Monday in Lagos at the Eid-el-Fitri prayer organised by the Nasrul-Lahi-L-Faith Society (NASFAT), to mark the end the Holy Month of Ramadan.
He also urged Muslims and Christians to embrace peace to enhance progress in the country.
He said that Nigeria would progress if Nigerians love one another and co-exist peacefully, irrespective of their religion.
He said that the challenges currently facing the country required the efforts of all citizens to overcome it.
“We must rise up with one voice to condemn all acts of terrorism; condemn those terrorists wherever they are and try our best as Muslims to ensure peace reigns in our community.
“I urge Nigerians and Muslim faithful not to go back to the old ways which they forsook during the Ramadan period.
“They should ensure that they continue the good works of giving, forgiveness and tolerance regardless of our religious or ethnic differences.
“We should also cultivate the habit of praying for our nation; Nigeria is for all,” he said.
In his sermon, Alhaji Abdullahi Akinbode, the Chief Imam at the occasion, urged Nigerians to pray for the restoration of peace in the country.
He urged Muslims to ensure that the lessons they imbibed during the month of Ramadan was made a lifelong experience.
He decried the current security challenges facing the country and urged Muslims to assist government at all levels to restore peace in the country.
“Muslims love peace, Islam does not preach violence and we are peaceful people.
“Terrorism has no place in Islam; those people who are committing these crimes against humanity are not one of us.
“The moment Nigerians are tolerant of the human limitations of the other person by seeing everyone as creation of God, all the vices that threaten to tear the country apart will be eliminated,” he said.
Also speaking, Alhaji Sherrif Yusuf, President of NASFAT, urged Muslims to use the period of the Eid-el-Fitr to reflect on their spiritual lives.
He urged them to reflect on how they could contribute more meaningfully towards the unity, stability and progress of the country
“I advise Muslims to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan by ensuring that we are guided by the quest to do good to our fellowman as well as tolerate one another,’ he said. (NAN)