The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Sunday called on Muslims to offer special prayers for greater peace, unity, love and progress of Nigeria as they join their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-el-Maulud – the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, enjoined Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the holy Prophet by promoting peaceful existence.
“On the occasion of the commemoration of the birth of the holy Prophet, it is imperative to reflect on his teachings and uphold his legacies of unity, integrity, peaceful coexistence and love for one’s neighbour, which are indispensable in our quest for meaningful development and the profitable management of our diversity,” he said.
Ambode also urged Muslims to internalise the virtues of honesty, selflessness, charity, tolerance, good neighbourliness, justice, equity and fairness which Mohammed preached, saying such would engender national development.
Obasa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak, stated that the country would continue to develop and grow if the citizens displayed love and understanding, not only among one another, but also to the government.
“The Prophet was a man of peace and he shared the message of love and peace through Islam throughout his lifetime. He showed understanding for the various faiths and beliefs in Madina during his lifetime and he never discriminated against any religion, groups or person during his life,” the Speaker said.
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