CALEB AYANSINA & CHIAMAKA AJEAMO
ABUJA – As Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts across the world to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir, the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari has urged them to use the celebration to recommit themselves to proper youth guidance.
Abari in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Press of the agency, Fidel Agu, yesterday, in Abuja, felicitated with the Muslim Ummah across the country and enjoined the adult Muslim faithful to model the virtues of sacrifice, peace, love and tolerance to the younger generation as the true tenets of Islam and essence of the celebration.
The DG traced the manifestation of un-Islamic behaviour in some Muslim youth to the abandonment of role modelling by the older generation and called for a re-orientation in that regard.
Abari “sees Eid-el-Kabir as an opportunity for Muslims, and indeed all Nigerians, to demonstrate the spirit of caring and sharing that exists among us.”
This, he believed, would “stand out as a shining example for the youth and children to follow in their relationships with other members of society.”
While urging the Ummah to remain true to their civic responsibilities and maintain support for government towards fulfilling its obligations, NOA Boss “calls on the faithful to be law abiding and security conscious both during and after the celebrations as progress and development can only thrive in an atmosphere of peace.”