From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Religious and political leaders in Kaduna state have called on Nigerians to embrace peace and ensure that the Boko Haram insurgency is brought to an end very soon for peace to return back to the area under siege by the insurgents.
They made the call in their Eid Kabir massage to Nigerians, especially Muslims faithful in Kaduna.
Speaking after performing the two Raka’a prayer at the Murtala Eid praying ground, Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Murkthar Ramallan Yero said it is time for all Nigerians especially the Muslims faithful to embrace peaceful coexistent.
According to him, there is no alternative to peace because it is the pinnacle for development of both human and natural resources.
The deputy Imam of Kano road, Jumat Mosque, Sheik Ibrahim Ibn Mohammed who led the prayers in his sermon said it is time for all the concerned agencies to intensify efforts and ensure that peace returns back to the country, particularly the area that is been besieged by the Boko Haram insurgency, adding that the problems of the insurgencies must be addressed now, to save the continual destruction of lives and properties.
In the same vein, the Chief Imam of Malalii Central Mosque, Sheik Umar Shanono said the present condition in which Nigerians are living is becoming unacceptable as most of them cannot boost where the next meal will be coming from,. This according to him has turned many citizens to perpetual beggars, a situation that must be corrected by those in the position of leadership.
Similarly the chief Deputy Imam of Sultan Bello Mosque, sheik Ahmed Musa called on the Muslims to use the occasion to pray fervently for the country especially the insecurity challenges facing it.
He appealed to all aggrieved Nigerians to embrace dialogue as war cannot archive what dialogue will archive. In his own remark, the Chairman Muslims Students Society of Nigeria, Northern states, Abuja Mallam Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu called on the Muslim Umma to be steadfast in their obedience to Allah and also avoid any act that may cause the wrath of Allah.
Mallam Arrigasiyyu urged Muslims to remember and Support the internally displaced Muslims and other Nigeria in Borno state who will be celebrating their Eid Kabir in various refugees’ camps within and outside Nigeria.
The Chairman also thanked the leadership of the Muslims ummah in Nigeria under his Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto for responding to Muslim need and his tired less effort toward encouraging peace and harmony in Nigeria.
He also urged Muslims to be security conscious, calling on them to intensify prayers against those behind the killing of innocent souls and destruction of property in Borno ,Yobe and Adamawa states.