An Enugu-based Islamic scholar, Alhaji Abdul Isola, has appealed to Nigerians to embrace the need for sacrifice by exhibiting genuine patriotism, to pull the nation out of recession.
Isola, the Chief Imam of Islamic Centre, Uwani, Enugu State, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday.
Isola, who spoke on the essence of Eid-el-Kabir, said the country could achieve a lot when Nigerians put their differences aside and pursued one purpose of developing and prospering the country.
The cleric said that just as Prophet Ibrahim intended to sacrifice his son whole-heartedly in obedience to Allah’s word, so Nigerians, especially the rich and the intellectually gifted, should emulate him to redeem the country from its current challenges.
“Sacrifice is the ultimate thing one can give to humanity, his people and a nation.
“Prophet Ibrahim intended to sacrifice his son whole-heartedly in obedience to Allah’s word before He sent his angel to show him a ram to use for the sacrifice.
“In following same principle, we Nigerians, must sacrifice to help others and by extension the entire nation, which will return Nigeria to a path of progress and plenty once more,’’ he said.
Isola, who is the Chief Missioner of the Islamic Centre, called on Nigerians to support and pray for Allah’s guidance on corrupt-free leaders, who have the intention of leading the country in the path of truth and progress.
“We owe it a duty to continue to support and pray for leaders in various spheres both in government, community and religious circles, especially those that are hardworking and transparent for Allah’s protection always.
“The forces of evil, wickedness and corruption should not be allowed to hold the country to ransom again
“We need to pray and stand by leaders of impeccable character, trust and transparency in our march for recovery,’’ he added.