Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Friday Ossai Osanebi, has urged Nigerians to purge their hearts and minds of hate, intolerance and prejudice which, according to him, promote violent conflicts and destruction of life and property in the country.‎
The deputy speaker gave this charge in a Sallah message to Nigerians and Muslim faithful on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
While urging Muslims to shun religious extremism, the lawmaker described those who hide under the veil of religion to perpetrate terrorism as being ignorant of the teachings of Islam as nobody can fight for God.
According to him, “You cannot fight to protect an authority that we owe our existence to or on behalf of one who is greater than the sum total of us. As we celebrate this auspicious occasion, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty Allah to restore those values that place high premium on human life, love of neighbour and sharing, even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of Nigeria taking its proper place in the comity of nations.”
He also urged Muslims to pray for continued peace and tranquility in the state and the nation, especially in the North-East.
Osanebi urged Nigerians to use religion to create a conflict free society, adding that “love is the universal language of all religions. He also called on leaders at all levels to make necessary sacrifice that will enhance unity and national cohesion.
According to the Osanebi, Eid-el-Kabir provides a new opportunity to show love and compassion, especially for the less privileged.
He equally wished all Nigerians a peaceful celebration.

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