As Muslims celebrated Eid-elFitri yesterday, former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has tasked the Muslims to continue to offer prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, to overcome the challenge of Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
In the Ramadan message to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the exChairman, House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, praised the Muslims across the nation for their condemnation of the insurgents and their sacrifices during the 30 days of fasting and prayers. Bamidele, in a statement signed by its media aide, Ahmed Salami, stated that the resolve by all sections of the country to work with Buhari’s government to rid the nation of the cankerworm of senseless killings and bombings , was quite commendable .
He disclosed that the Muslims have made sacrifices for sustained unity and peaceful co-existence of the nation in all facets, saying it was wrong and callous for some faceless groups to be hiding under the cloak of Islam to wreak havoc on the nation and its innocent citizens. “The Islamic clerics and members in some of their sermons have shown their disdain and resentments for Boko Haram.
They have shown that the insurgents are mere vampires fighting for selfish interests and not the interest of Islam. “With their sacrifices and prayers during Ramadan, I shared the belief that Boko Haram days are numbered in Nigeria. Several reasons have been adduced for Boko Haram attack in Nigeria.
When they first started, they said it was all politics. Later, some thought they were fighting religious war, which some misinterpreted to mean an attempt to islamise Nigeria. But with the trend of things now, it is obvious that Boko Haram is a terrorist’s group that needed to be tackled by all faiths.
“I plead with Muslims to continue to sustain their prayers as they did during Ramadan for President Buhari. Nigeria needs prayers at the moment to be able to put this group under check. “I quite believe that with love, sacrifices and togetherness among Nigerians as directed by Prophet Mohammed, Nigeria will overcome Boko Haram and the people of North East shall enjoy permanent relieve”, he said.
On the uproar that dogged the few appointments made by President Buhari, which he said was being misinterpreted as being pro-North, Bamidele appealed to Nigerians to desist from reading political and religious meanings to actions taken by their leaders to halt the division being caused by ethno-religious crisis in the country.
-Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti