Groups, Adebule, preach love, seek peaceful political transition
The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Idiat Oluranti Adebule has called on Lagosians to continue to love and tolerate one another and allow the existing peaceful relationship among people of different tribes and religions in the state to continue after Ramadan.
Adebule, who stated this in her Sallah message urged all Muslims to imbibe the tenets of the Ramadan which according to her include: fear of God, love for one another, tolerance, equality, obedience, abstinence from sins, discipline and caring for the welfares of fellow human beings irrespective of religions and colour.
While congratulating Muslims for enjoying God’s mercy to see the end of fasting, the deputy governor advised them to strengthen their faith in God and ensure that they do not go back to sinful acts they may have abandoned during the Ramadan , noting that one of the lessons of the fasting was for Muslims to be more pious and refrain from sins.
The deputy governor who noted that that democracy in the country has come to stay despite its initial challenges called for unity and peaceful co existence among people of different religions and tribes, adding that Nigerians stand to benefit more as a united nation.
Meanwhile, the National Amir, The Companion, Alhaji Thabit Wale Sonaike, said: “The last one month has been a period of consciousness and closeness to Allah by all Muslims with the hope of earning His pleasure and paradise. We pray Allah to accept all our acts worship and reward us with His Pleasure and Paradise. Aamin.“We remember fellow Nigerians in Internally Displaced Camps and call on the federal government to accelerate restoration to normalcy so that the people can return to their homes to live normal lives.
“As we approach the Ekiti and Ondo states gubernatorial elections, and begin preparation for the general elections in February next year (2019). We appeal to politicians across the divides to restrain themselves from careless and inciting speeches capable of heating the polity, promoting hatred and violence among Nigerians. Elections should not be seen as a do or die affair if politicians are truly offering to serve the nation.
Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Sa’ad, said the most inherent lessons embedded in Ramadan fasting such as faith, sincerity, sacrifice, humility, compassion, alms giving, piety, commitment, among others, should be sustained for our own good.
“Nigerian Muslims are therefore called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as The Lord of Ramadan, is still and shall remain The Lord of other months, above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions. More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah,” it stated.
The group urged Nigerians to intensify prayers for a hitch-free general elections in 2019 and disregard politicians trying to cause more fragmentations and anarchy in the Nigerian state.
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