By Henry Umoru, Abuja
AS Muslims across the country join others in the world to celebrate this year’s Sallah, former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has urged Muslims to join President Goodluck Jonathan in building a virile and peaceful country.
In his Sallah message yesterday, Tukur who is Ambassador-at-Large who noted that the issue of security and peaceful co-existence was a mandatory civic responsibility for all Nigerians to be involved and not an issue for the Government alone, however emphasized that the issue of security in Nigeria has become a thing of concern to all and sundry against the backdrop that no meaningful development can take place in an area where security was not optimally guaranteed.
Commending the Federal Government and the Security Agencies for the efforts and strategies put in place to ensure effective security control and operations in the country, Tukur stressed that sallah period should be used by muslims as a period to preach peace and love so that the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria will be paramount in the minds of Nigerian citizens.
According to him, all Nigerians have no other country than Nigeria and should therefore be resolute in standing and supporting the government of the day both in time of jubilation and tribulation, even as he said that the government of President Goodluck Jonathan has shown enough commitment towards the welfare and unity of the Country, adding that all the government requires at this stage of our political development and evolution is the support of all Nigerians.
In a statement by his Spokesperson, Prince Oliver Okpala, the former PDP National Chairman also called on politicians to play politics with decency based on party programmes, manifesto and on issues, and avoid over-heating the polity unnecessarily, adding that as the 2015 elections approaches, the International Community was taking a close look on Nigeria, saying that only free, fare and credible elections will retain Nigeria’s Image as a democratic Nation.
He warned that Politicians must not see the forthcoming elections as do or die but a game of sports where losers and winners take their results, faith and fortune with fortitude.
He prayed for the goodness of Nigeria and her citizens in this period of Sallah celebrations and end of the Ramadan fasting period.