The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has asked religious leaders to promote peace and tolerance, as the nation celebrates Eid-el-Kabir.
He urged Muslims and Nigerians in general to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, love and tolerance for the peace, unity, and progress of the country.
“While rejoicing with our Muslim brothers on this auspicious occasion of Eid-el-Kabir Sallah celebration, which symbolises sacrifice and obedience, I wish to enjoin all people of goodwill to be steadfast in love for one another,” Dogara said in a statement.
He also urged Nigerians to demonstrate a renewed commitment to the Nigerian project “in order to make our society ideal for all and towards the fulfilment of the country’s great potentials”.
He added, “I also urge our religious leaders to take advantage of the season and preach peace, unity and tolerance among the diverse people, especially now that the country is at critical political crossroads, with the electioneering process gaining momentum as the 2019 general elections draw nearer.
“On our part as lawmakers, we will continue to pursue people-oriented legislation and initiate reforms and legislative interventions that will guarantee peace and stability in the polity and the nation as a whole as well as improve the living conditions of the citizens.”