Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful conclusion of the Ramadan Fast, asking them to continue to work and pray for peace to reign in Nigeria.
He also commiserated with Muslims over worshippers who lost their lives in suicide bombings on Ramadan eve in Gombe State and on Ramadan day in Damaturu, Yobe State. Agbaje expressed these sentiments in a press statement issued today in Lagos by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina.
Commending Muslims for trooping out to celebrate the end of the fast, the PDP Governorship Candidate said the nation wide celebration of Ramadan underscored the fact that Nigerians cherished and guarded jealously their fundamental freedoms, including Freedom of Worship.
According to him, it was significant that the security challenges bedevilling the country failed to douse the zeal to celebrate Ramadan.
Agbaje noted that worshippers willingly subjected themselves to bodily searches before being admitted into prayer grounds, and prayed that insurgency and terrorism would soon be a thing of the past in the country. “Nigerians of whatever faith are no terrorists, and terrorism is not in our character.
We must collectively banish this evil from our land through all spiritual and physical means necessary,” he said, adding, “The traditional nomenclature of Islam is peace, and we pray that soon and very soon, Muslims and all Nigerians of other faiths will be able to worship in peace.”
Agbaje encouraged them not to lose the lessons of the fasting period, which he said included the virtues of sacrifice, righteousness and honesty. “The Ramadan fast draws Muslims close to Allah.
But worshippers must go in the strength of this significant pillar of the Islamic faith to live in harmony with their neighbours as well as impact positively on wherever they occupy,” Agbaje said. According to him, Nigerians must form a rainbow coalition in the fight against terrorism.