Killings, hateful rhetoric obstacles to God’s love, Atiku says

 • As Secondus expresses worries over worsening insecurity

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has admonished Nigerians that they would not be able to appreciate God’s love while killings of the innocent and hateful rhetorics remain the order of the day.

He made the observation in his message, on Monday, on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

“We would not be able to fully appreciate the love from God if we allow the killing of the innocent souls and propagation of hateful rhetoric become a norm amongst us,” he stated.

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, observed that Eid-el-Kabir teaches and reminds citizens of the meaning of sacrifice, love and forbearance with God and in relationships with one another.

He added: “As Muslims more especially, Eid-el-Kabir and the stories of Prophets Ibrahim and Ishmael (Peace and Blessings of Allah be with them) that accompany it requires that we take the whole of humanity as one nation.

“The significance of the celebration today is rooted in peaceful co-existence, mutual respect and tolerance. These are the virtues that we, as Nigerians, need to imbibe as we seek to heal our country of all shades of mistrust.

“According to the teachings of Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the slaughtering of animals in celebration of this festival is to evoke and reinforce the consciousness of God in all our deeds and wishes.”

He congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and across the globe on the celebration saying: “May I remind you of our beloved Prophet’s saying that, ‘no nation is superior to the other. But the best amongst you is the one with the best piety to Allah.’”

In his message to celebrate the occasion, the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, expressed concern over the worsening insecurity particularly in the northern part of the country, saying that it called for the intensification of prayers.

He has therefore asked Nigerian Muslims to use the solemn period to present Nigeria’s discomforting situation to Allah for his prompt intervention and mercy.

The PDP boss observed that with poor leadership threatening nationhood, there was the need to seek God’s intervention.

According to him, the blood of thousands of innocent souls being wasted daily at various troubled spots particularly the stress school children go through in the North, called for a plea to God to save the country.

He said Nigerians should also use the period to offer fervent prayers for the unity and stability of the nation to ameliorate insecurity and biting economic hardship.

A statement issued by his spokesman, Ike Abonyi, quoted Secondus as adding: “An intense prayer for our dear country has become very necessary more than ever before as our nationhood is in dire need of divine intervention to survive.

“Our economy is already under severe stress, the currency is losing value daily, unemployment and inflation rising and the APC leadership does not seem to possess the capacity to confront the challenges.”

Prince Secondus admonished Nigerians to set aside political, religious and ethnic sentiments and unite against the prevailing common challenges of insecurity.

However, he implored the people not to despair assuring that there was always a light at the end of every tunnel.

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