Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has urged Nigerians to use the Eid el-Kabir celebration to preach tolerance and peaceful co-existence as exemplified by Prophet Muhammed.
A statement by the Special Assistance on Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr Ahmed Tukur, issued in Lafia on Sunday, said that Al-Makura made the call in his Sallah message.
He noted that the life and times of Prophet Muhammed symbolised piety, peace, love, tolerance and good neighbourliness and should be emulated by all Nigerians.
He maintained that Nigeria, with its huge potential,l could only achieve greatness when the citizens imbibed the virtue of tolerance, forgiveness, peace and unity.
Al-Makura urged the Muslim community in the country to be worthy ambassadors of the faith by intensifying their prayers, especially in the face of the many daunting challenges currently bedevilling the nation.
He congratulated all Nigerians and those who successfully performed this year’s Hajj to the Holy Land as a fulfilment of a key Islamic injunction.
He prayed God to accept their sacrifice and supplication as they continue in their spiritual journey towards the fulfilment of the pilgrimage rites in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The governor also reminded Muslim faithful of the need to share what they had with their neighbours as a mark of love in accordance with the injunctions of the Prophet. (NAN)