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June 17, 2024

Muslim leaders call for peaceful co-existence in S-East

Muslim leaders call for peaceful co-existence in S-East

Sarkin Hausa in Awka, Haruna Garuba, and the Deputy National Director-General of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Gidado Sidikki, have urged Nigerians to cooperate for peaceful co-existence in the state and Nigeria at large.

They made the call yesterday after their Eid prayers, to commemorate this year’s 2024 Eid-el-Kabir celebration at the Central Mosque Awka.

Haruna urged the Muslim community in the state to use the celebration to reflect and pray for peace and harmony in Nigeria.

His message to his Muslim brothers in Anambra State, he said, is to pray for the country and Anambra State for peace.

He said that they will continue to pray for the Governor of the State, Chukwuma Soludo, and the people of the state for sustained peace.

He also called on his Muslim brothers to use the Sallah celebration to visit the leadership in Awka and their friends in the state who are not Muslims.

He said: “We need to visit our Christian brothers and the leadership of our host communities because we  are living peacefully with them”.

 Sidikki who is also a Chieftain of MACBAN in South East zone, urged his Fulani brothers in the state to live in harmony with their host communities.

Siddiki said: “Eid al-Adha, also known as Eid al-Kabir, is celebrated annually by Muslims worldwide to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Isma’il as an act of  obedience to Allah, who then substituted Isma’il with a ram. This is why Muslims traditionally sacrifice a ram on this day.

“We observe Eid al-Kabir  as an act of submission to Almighty Allah, acknowledging that everything we receive and experience is ordained by Him.

“Despite enduring losses due to attacks and insurgency, we recognize that insecurity affects every  region, not just the South East. Therefore, we use this occasion to beseech Allah for forgiveness and grant solace to those who have lost loved ones, while expressing gratitude for our health and survival”.

He encouraged his fellow residents of the South East to refrain from actions that jeopardize the peaceful coexistence they have enjoyed with their  host communities, and instead foster unity and harmony amongst ourselves and with our hosts.

He also appealed to the government, traditional authorities, and other institutions in the South East “to treat us equitably, recognizing us as their constituents deserving of fair treatment.”

In addition, the Sarikin Fulani urged religious leaders of all faiths to acknowledge their  role as custodians of peace, by refraining from making inflammatory statements that could disrupt social harmony.