From Yakubu ustapha,Minna
Etsu Nupe and Chairman traditional council of Niger state, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has called on the Muslims in the country to use the Maulud period to pray for the peace, unity and progress of the country.
Abubakar made the disclosure last Friday in his Wadata palace during the Maulud celebration to mark the birth of the Holy Muhammad Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
According to the traditional ruler, “Maulud is not only for merry making, but a time to emulate what Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was sent by Almighty God to come and do”.
The Etsu Nupe explained that as Muslims who are sincere in their faith we suppose to follow all that prophet of Islam preaches and teaches.
He added that Prophet Muhammad preached peace, love and unity and as true followers of Islam we suppose to emulate the same thing so that we can enjoy blessings of God Almighty here and in the in the hereafter.
Abubakar further appealed to Nigerians to continue to tolerate and live in peace with one another, irrespective of religious, cultural and ethnic differences.
The monarch said that “peace and unity are veritable tools for national development. So, Nigerians must strive to maintain them for the nation to move forward.’’
He said sustained prayers would allow the nation to overcome the devilish acts threatening the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
The traditional ruler noted that the two major religions in the country preach peace and unity, as such, we should adhere and focused our attention on how to go closer to God instead of fomenting trouble.
“Without peace and unity, socio economic development will continue to elude that society”, he stated.
The traditional ruler also urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the emergence of credible, prudent, honest and God fearing leaders come 2015 general elections.