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Easter: Political, religious leaders sue for peaceful co-existence

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By Umar Yusuf

Yola—The Peoples  Democratic Party, PDP’s candidate for Saturday’s governorship election in Adamawa State, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, has enjoined Christians and Muslims in the state to always preach peace, saying that it was the only pre-requisite for any meaningful development.

He made the call on the occasion of Easter Sunday, even as special church services were held throughout the state to mark the day.

In a statement issued in Yola by the Head of Media Nuhu Ribadu Campaign Organization, Mallam Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, Mallam Ribadu noted that without peace, no meaningful development could be achieved.

He, therefore, called on leaders of the two religions to preach to their followers the need to be their brother’s keepers, irrespective of their faith and belief.

Nuhu Ribadu called on the people to exhibit the peaceful conduct exhibited during the presidential election in the governorship election scheduled for this weekend.


Meanwhile, in his sermon to mark the Easter Sunday at a special church service, the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Yola, Most Reverend Stephen Dami Mamza, urged Christians to use the period of Easter for a sober reflection and rededicate themselves to the service of God.

Bishop Mamza called on Christians to re-examine their faith in God, stressing that recent happenings worldwide called for such re-examination.

The bishop called on the federal and state governments to hasten the rehabilitation of victims of Boko Haram insurgency in their various homes, hoping that with the prayers of all Nigerians, the issue of insurgency attacks had become a thing of the past.

In his sermon, Bishop Peter Makanto of the Upper Room Cathedral, tasked Christians to change their lifestyle and re-dedicate more to the service of God.

Bishop Makanto used the occasion of Easter to commend Nigerians for the mature nature they conducted themselves during the recent presidential election and enjoined them to show the same spirit of sportsmanship during the governorship and states Houses of Assembly elections.

The cleric observed that the peaceful conduct of the presidential election had disproved the notion that Nigerians could not conduct peaceful elections, maintaining that the last general election would mark the beginning of peaceful co-existence among the generality of Nigerians.


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