- Nigerians have been urged by the APC to pray for the country during the Ramadan period
- The party urged clerics to avoid divisive messages and asked Nigerians to resist divisive agents, their divisive messages and actions
- Nigerians were called upon to report those spreading hate messages to security operatives
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on religious clerics to steer off sermons that can propagate hate especially during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the national publicity secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in a message called on Nigerians to report preachers propagating hatred to relevant security operatives.
Mallam Onilu who admitted in the statement that although the country was facing security challenges particularly banditry and kidnapping, said: “President Muhammadu Buhari administration is adopting multifaceted approach to permanently tackle the conflicts and crimes.”
The spokesperson called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the country as he expressed optimism that things will turn around for good.
The statement read in part: "In observance of this year’s Ramadan fasting, the All Progressives Congress (APC) urges Muslim Ummah to use the Holy Month to pray for the peace, security and development of our dear country, Nigeria.
“Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, improvement, sacrifice and increased devotion and worship. We implore Muslim Ummah to follow and apply the teachings of Islam in our relationship with our neighbours- Muslims and non-Muslims. We should remember and cater for the less-privileged in our midst, stay humble and abstain from all bad deeds.
“It is our inalienable right as humans to safely go about our daily activities and to live in peaceful coexistence with our neighbours. Hence, in our places of worship, educational institutions, socio-political gatherings, markets, social media and all other public spaces, we must resist divisive agents and their equally divisive messages and actions.
“We must report to relevant authorities agents of destruction who disguise as ethnic or religious champions to achieve their diabolic, selfish and heinous agenda by exploiting our perceived differences."
Onilu added that the incessant kidnappings, banditry, ethno-religious and resource-fuelled crises and other violent crimes in parts of the country were serious sources of concern.
He said the president has given marching orders to relevant security services to deal with these security threats and bring back normalcy to the affected areas.
The APC spokesman said the President Buhari-led APC administration has laid a solid foundation for national development, peace and progress. "We are set to consolidate on work done so far and do more as we gear up for the Next Level of our renewed mandate," he added.
“The APC urges Muslim Ummah and indeed all Nigerians of other faiths to continue to pray for our country and for wisdom, good health and safety of our leaders, all in our collective bid to take our dear country to its deserved heights. Ramadan Kareem to all Muslims,” Onilu stated.
Meanwhile, the chief whip of Lagos state House of Assembly, Rotimi Abiru, called on Muslims to use the period of holy month of Ramadan to pray for solutions to the country's challenges including security issues.
Legit.ng reports that Abiru who represents Shomolu constituency 2 at the Assembly, made the call on Monday, May 6, in a message to commemorate the commencement of 2019 Ramadan, adding that the state of security in Nigeria calls for prayer.
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