By Abdulwahab Abdulah
The Nigerian Muslims, yesterday, called for more understanding, unity and love among Muslims and Christian faithful in Nigeria to move the nation and humanity forward.
In a Christmas massage by the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, he felicitated with Christians on the occasion of the Christmas celebration.
The message by Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Secretary-General of the council stated: “As you celebrate this important event, the Muslim community in Nigeria wishes you God’s guidance and abundant blessings embedded in the festive season.
“We have every cause to celebrate and thank the Almighty God for the opportunity of life and the privilege of survival. At this time last year, Nigeria was under a lot of tension with the national conscience being tormented by the apocalyptic prediction of 2015 being the end of our corporate existence.”
NSCIA noted that this year Xmas was significant as it almost coincide with the December 24, being the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammed.
“Now that the year is ending and we remain united, it is as if God Himself wants us to learn through the near coincidence of the births of our revered Prophets, Jesus and Muhammad(peace be upon both).
“As you traditionally celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 25, the Muslims mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on December 24, this year being the 12th day of Rabiul Awwal.”