Cross River State governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has urged Muslims to strive towards strengthening peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness in the country for the betterment of the people.
In his goodwill message marking this year’s Ed-el Fitri, Governor Ayade, in a statement said: “Nigerians must imbibe the lessons of the Ed-el Fitri, which include love, kindness, piety, sacrifice, peaceful coexistence and commitment to duty.”
The Governor urged Nigerians to reflect on the various challenges confronting the nation and pull together to overcome them.
“The challenges confronting us as a people require the cooperation of everyone, if we are to make any meaningful progress. This is why we must not lose sight of the virtues of tolerance and respect for one another.”
He admonished Moslems to sustain the lessons of sacrifice, discipline and love learnt during the period of Ramadan beyond their communities to other parts of the country.
According to Ayade, “The Ramadan fast has afforded us the opportunity to reconnect with our creator and extend the hand of fellowship to our fellow men,” adding that “we should not allow religion or any narrow considerations to divide the country but rather, it should serve to promote the dignity of humanity and mutual respect for one another.”
Ayade urged both adherents of Islam and Christianity to pray for sustenance of peace in the country, adding that “what we are currently going through as a nation, is a phase that will surely pass. Many developed countries have passed through this phase at one time or the other and today, they are stronger and more united. So ours will not be an exception so long as we collectively put our souls above our problems.”

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