President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, and Peter Obi have called for peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud.
Tinubu urged Muslims to adhere to Prophet Muhammad’s teachings and life because they are great lessons of devotion, perseverance, tolerance, humility and selflessness.
He stated this via his official X handle (formerly Twitter) @officialABAT saying; “I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria, and beyond on this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, marking the birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH SAW.
“In Prophet Muhammad’s teachings and life, there are great lessons of devotion, perseverance, tolerance, humility, and selflessness that we can all learn from.
“I therefore urge all Muslims celebrating the Maulud festival to extend their hand of fellowship to the needy and vulnerable in the spirit of the season while praying for the country and her leaders at all levels.”
On his part, Atiku said Eid-el-Maulud is an opportunity for Muslims to re-dedicate themselves to the ideals of peaceful co-existence and absolute submission to the will of the Almighty Allah.
Writing via his X handle @atiku, he wrote: “To celebrate the noble Prophet Muhammad S.A.W every 12th of Rabi’ul Awwal of the Islamic calendar is to acknowledge the positive impact that his teachings brought to us as Muslim faithful and also sign on to the commitment of following his footsteps.”
Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), also congratulated the Muslim faithful in Nigeria.
He wrote via his X handle @PeterObi wrote: “I heartily rejoice with all the Muslim Faithful in Nigeria as they celebrate the Eid-El Maulud to honour the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.”
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, called on those holding sensitive public offices and whose decisions are central to the entrenchment of justice, equity and the rule of law to use the occasion to imbibe the fear of God in line with the teachings of the Holy Prophet, as this is the only way to guarantee peace and stability in the polity.
Also, the President of CAN, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and all Muslim compatriots across Nigeria.
Okoh, in a felicitation message, said “We must persist in promoting mutual respect, understanding, and peaceful coexistence among all religious communities.”