Eid-el-Fitr: Etsu Nupe tasks Nigerians on peaceful coexistence

Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, has called on Nigerians to live in peace with one another to foster peace and national unity.

Abubakar made the call while addressing his people shortly after the two Raka’at prayers at the Bida Eid praying ground on Thursday.

The traditional ruler stressed the need for Nigerians to ensure peaceful coexistence in the country so as to ensure economic growth and development.

According to him, no society or country can achieve any meaningful development or greatness in an atmosphere of chaos and mistrust.

The Etsu Nupe called on ‘well-to-do’ Muslims in the society to continue to support the less-privileged to alleviate their sufferings.

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“I want to use this occasion to call on wealthy individuals to continue to support the poor so as to alleviate their sufferings in the society,’’ he said.

The traditional ruler also urged Muslims to have the fear of God in all their activities, saying that we all would give account of our deeds one day to our creator.

Abubakar urged Muslims to intensify prayers during the Sallah period for the return of lasting peace in Nigeria.

According to him, prayer remains the most effective weapon against any form of challenges.

He said that security challenges, such as insurgency, banditry and kidnapping could be surmountable through ceaseless and fervent prayers by both Muslim and Christian faithful.

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He urged Muslims to always follow the path of dialogue in resolving differences rather than advocating for violence.

The Etsu Nupe, who congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, said that only tolerance and patriotism would help the country sailed through the present situation.

Earlier in his sermon, the Chief Imam of Bida, Sheikh Adamu Liman-Yakatun, advised Muslim faithful to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan.

He called on Muslim faithful to internalise and practicalise the social and moral objectives of the Holy month of Ramadan. (NAN)

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