Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has enjoined Muslim faithful to use the period of Eid-el-Kabir to pray for the unity, peace and prosperity of the of the country.
He has also urged them to propagate the message of love, which remains the cornerstone and overriding principle for the adherents of every religion, including Islam.
In his message to Muslims in the country on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, Dickson called them to pray to Almighty ALLAH to always direct the leadership of the country aright all times, especially in this period of economic hardship.
According to him, the nation needs the collective prayers and unity of purpose to not only over come its present problems, but continue to occupy the enviable position of the giant of Africa.
He noted that, this is the time every Nigerian, devoid of religious, ethnic and political inclinations should come together and confront the myriad of problems facing the country, stressing that, with genuine love and unity of purpose, Nigeria can always come out better from its current socio-economic woes.
Describing Islam as a religion of peace, he enjoined the practitioners to follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammed, (SAW) that centres on tolerance, peace and brotherliness.
“Irrespective of our religions and tribes, what should be uppermost in our minds is the unity of Nigeria, since we don’t have any other country to call our own.
The governor, however, expressed to gratitude to Muslims in the state for their ever supportive and peaceful disposition, calling on them to maintain the existing relationship between the Muslims and practitioners of other religions.