The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on Nigerians to use this year’s Eid-El Maulud celebration, to pray for the nation and rekindle our sense of national unity, fear of God, and love for one another as compatriots, while shunning all divisive and disruptive tendencies.
This was made known by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a press statement on Monday, which was made available to media sources.
The party also urged the people to pray for a new direction and God’s guidance, particularly as the nation gears up for the 2019 general elections, to select new sets of Leaders at various levels across the country.
Eid-El Maulud, the celebration of the birth of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (S A W), presents to us as a nation with ample lessons in the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, truth over falsehood, peace over strife, love over hatred, piety over depravity, mutual respect over intimidation and harassment, justice over impunity, and discrimination and faith over despair.
The PDP urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of the Eid-El Maulud to reach out and support the needy, the sick, and the deprived, particularly victims of escalated violence and daily bloodletting in various parts of the country, in the last three and half years.
The party also called on Nigerians not to despair, but continue to rekindle their faith in the nation, as the 2019 general elections will usher in a new beginning with a new God-fearing and people-oriented leadership, that is set to return our nation to the path of social stability, national cohesion, and economic prosperity.
Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday celebration to show love to one another, and imbibe the virtues of perseverance and restraint.
This was made known in a message to commemorate this year’s Maulud’s anniversary, signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu.
Saraki congratulated the Muslim Ummah on the birthday of the Holy Prophet, saying that, the occasion should inspire Nigerians to renew their belief in the Almighty Allah, and the country.
Saraki charged Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to always emulate and promote the virtues of Prophet Mohammed which include honesty, love for others and peaceful co-existence, saying: “He, Prophet Muhammad preached and lived for peace, and was revered and widely followed for his honesty and perseverance.”
The Maulud, he said, would not have come at a better time than now, when the country is about to conduct election. “This year’s Maulud has come at the most appropriate time for Nigerians to use it in praying for peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.”
“In all our campaigns, let us strive to live by the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, among which is to show respect for one another, irrespective of our political affiliation”, he said.