By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Gombe State governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Umar Farouk Bamusa, has congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid el-Kabir celebration and urged Nigerians, irrespective of their faiths, to love and tolerate one another for Nigeria’s progress.
Bamusa, in his Sallah message to the people of the state and Nigerians at large, implored them to show tolerance by imbibing the spirit of sacrifice, which the Eid celebration signifies.
He particularly called on people of Gombe state to tolerate one another and uphold the peaceful culture existing among the different faiths that make up the state.
The governorship aspirant, in a statement on Tuesday, also urged religious leaders to always preach and promote ethno-religious tolerance, especially as the 2019 general elections draw near.
“We must embrace the diversity and strive to live in peace with one another. We should all respect one another and be selfless advocates for peace.
“Eid el-Kabir celebration always reminds us of the devotion of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) by sacrificing his son, Prophet Ismail as he was commanded in his dream. The Almighty Allah saved Prophet Ismail and exchanged him with a ram.
“This calls for our religious leaders to take advantage of the season and preach peace, unity and tolerance among the diverse people so as to have peaceful and successful General Elections,” Bamusa said.
The aspirant added that “On my part, as has been proven in our rallies and gatherings, I will continue to play politics with all sense of decorum devoid of hatred, animosity or bitterness. The lives and safety of our people must remain sacrosanct and must be protected at all cost.
“I therefore urge my political colleagues both in Gombe state and the country to exhibit true sportsmanship and put the concerns of our people ahead of anything as we match to the primary elections soon.”