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Eid-el-Fitri: Saraki, Mark call for peace, urge Muslims to sustain virtues

The President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians, especially Muslims, to embrace peace in the spirit of Salah and Ramadan.In a message to Muslims on the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri, signed by his Special Adviser on Meida, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki urged Muslims to sustain the virtues learnt during the Ramadan in their day-to-day relationship.
He urged all Nigerians to remain steadfast and prayerful in the face
of daunting socio-economic challenges.
He said that the present challenges were surmountable “if we all
realign our character and deeds in tune with the wishes of Allah”.
Saraki said that Nigeria could regain its lost glory if citizens
upheld the virtues of good neighbourliness and eschew intolerance,
corruption, abuse of power, disregard for due process and disobedience
to the laws.
“I urge all Nigerians across religious divide to remain steadfast,
prayerful and patriotic. The virtues of moderation, piety, regular
supplication to Allah and being our brother’s keeper should subsist
beyond the Ramadan. Beyond this, every Nigerian should seek to
contribute to rebuilding the nation with renewed vigour.
“I also urge Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilisation
across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in
the spirit of the Eid-el-fitri. Again, Nigerians who nurse one grudge
or the other against the state should seek for legitimate and peaceful
means of expressing their grievances,” he said.
Similarly, Saraki’s predecessor, Sen. David Mark, has decried the
rampant cases of violent crimes in the country and challenged good
Nigerians to remedy the situation.
Mark, in a felicitation with Muslims on Eid-el-Fitri celebration, said
in a statement by his Media Assistant, Paul Mumeh, that the spate of
crimes was fast destroying the fabrics of our society.
“Violent crimes are fast destroying our national landscape; the
situation is alarming. This time calls for patriotism and service to
rescue the situation. This is no longer an assignment for government
alone; all hands must be on deck. It is not the case between Cain and
Abel where one insists `I am not my brother’s keeper. In the battle to
safe Nigeria, everyone must be his brother’s keeper,” he said.
Mark urged governments at all levels to promote and uphold the
sanctity of equity, fairness and justices to all as the peace and
unity building process between and among Nigerians.
The greatness of the nation, he stressed, lay in the collective will
of the people to promote unity, peace and development and not
necessarily in the number.
He implored religious leaders across the divide to continue to espouse
the virtues of love, purity and forgiveness which the two major
religions in the country preach.
Credit NAN

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