Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has urged religious leaders to continue to preach and promote the virtues of unity, genuine love for one another and peaceful co-existence for Nigeria to attain greatness and eschew divisive and hate tendencies.
This is contained in a goodwill message to the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Eid-el- Fitr Sallah celebration, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan.
He said Nigerians must learn to live in harmony, tolerate one another and see the nation’s diversity as a source of strength.
“For Nigeria to attain greatness and fulfill it’s potentials, we must regard our diversity as a source of strength and continue to promote and strengthen the unity, peace and progress of the country at all times”.
While congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, the speaker called on them to imbibe and demonstrate the lessons of kindness, tolerance and submission to the higher authority identified with the holy month and put Nigeria first in all their endeavours.
“As you savour the ambience of this occasion, I wish to enjoin our Muslim brothers to always be guided by the spirit and lessons of piety, forgiveness, love, charity and good neighbourliness learnt in the holy month of Ramadan and put Nigeria first in all your undertakings.”
While reiterating his call for continued and sustained prayers for the Health of President Muhammadu Buhari and the prosperity of the country, the Speaker expressed optimism that with the passage and subsequent signing of the 2017 budget, as well as legislative and executive measures put in place, Nigeria is at the verge of surmounting the current recession and fulfilling its potential as a great nation.