Muslims in the country have been urged to rededicate themselves to Allah and shun any acts capable of making them return to their sinful ways after the holy month of Ramadan.
This is contained in Eid Fitr statements issued by the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) chairman, Abdur-Rahman Balogun and National President of Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) Abdulwahab Egbewole in Abuja.
MMPN said the period of Eid-ul-Fitr, “calls for sober reflection and a renewed opportunity to get closer to Allah in all ramifications.
“It is a period where every Muslim should remember Allah’s favours on them and therefore celebrate with moderation but with greater dedication to Allah’’, Mr. Balogun said in the statement.
“It is also a period where all our elected leaders should use in fulfilling all their electoral promises to the citizenry as canvassed by them during their electioneering campaigns.
“While individuals too, should endeavour to always fulfil their promises not only to fellow human beings but to their Creator, Allah.”
MMPN said since Islam is a religion of peace, its adherents must eschew violence, embrace peace and live in peace with other faithful of other religions.
“We therefore appeal to all our brethren to eschew violence, abhor thuggery, which destroys but embrace peace, dialogue, and diplomacy and be prayerful in resolving any crisis’’, the statement stated.
In the same vein, Mr. Egbewole of UNIFEMGA urged Muslims not to go back to all acts shunned during the month of Ramadan but continue with the virtues and spirit of the month of Ramadan.
“We must remember all the lessons learnt during the month of Ramadan and make sure that we did not go back to those vices shunned during the fasting period.
On the insecurity challenges in the country, the association hailed the new moves to find amicable solution to the problem.
In the spirit of Ramadan, which just ended, UNIFEMGA appealed to all unions in the ivory tower, who are currently on strike, to call off their strike and embrace dialogue with the authorities of their various universities.
The association also called on the Federal Government to nip in the bud the ongoing fuel scarcity in Abuja and prevent it from spreading to other states of the federation.