By Stanley Onyekwere
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed has urged Christian and Muslim clergymen to make it a matter of priority to pray for peaceful general elections in the Territory and the country at large, come next year.
The Minister gave this charge while receiving members of the FCT branch of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) led by its Chairman, Rev. Israel Akanji, to pay him Christmas homage at his residence in Gwarinpa I District, Abuja.
Mohammed noted that the country needs prayers at this material time to have successful and peaceful elections to strengthen our democracy.
The Minister who earlier led FCT residents to pay Christmas Homage on President Goodluck Jonathan and the first family at the Presidential Villa also advised politicians to put the nation first.
He lauded religious leaders in the FCT for their steadfastness and commitment to the well being of the nation; stressing that they have continued to show synergy and support to the FCT Administration.
According to him, “for this continuous understanding and cooperation from the religious leaders, the FCT Administration will continue to encourage them to endure on this path.”
He assured that Abuja residents would continue to live in peace with one another despite their diversity.
The Minister therefore appealed to all FCT residents to continue to be good neighbors to their fellow residents, irrespective of religious beliefs; saying that the “best in the sight of Almighty God is the most pious.”
Earlier in his remark, the FCT CAN Chairman, stressed that members of the association were at Minister’s residence, to felicitate with him on the occasion of the Christmas celebration, and to appreciate the utmost peace being enjoyed by both Christians and Muslims in the Territory particularly the adequate security provided on Sundays and Fridays in the Churches and Mosques respectively.
The Chairman also commended the Minister for his pro-activeness on making adequate preparation for Ebola as well as what the FCT Administration is currently doing for the internally displaced people that have ran to Abuja to take refuge.