Anambra Muslim community affirms strong bond with Peter Obi

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By Tony Oraeki, Awka

The Anambra Muslim community has expressed deep appreciation for Mr. Peter Obi’s enduring connection with them, stressing that they have come together to voice their unwavering support and heartfelt prayers for his leadership role in Nigeria’s future.

The expressions were made when Mr. Obi, the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, in 2023 presidential election, played host to the mosques in Onitsha on Saturday and Awka yesterday, to partake in breaking the Ramadan fast alongside the Moslem faithful, during which he gave them bags of rice and monetary donations.

At the Central Mosque in Awka, yesterday, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, the South East Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah, praised Mr. Obi for his consistent presence and unwavering support. He recalled Mr. Obi’s past engagements with the community, citing instances of his equal treatment, active participation in Ramadan fasts, sponsorship of pilgrimages, and assistance in mosque renovations during his tenure as Governor of Anambra State.

Siddiki noted with surprise and gratitude that Mr. Obi continued to extend his goodwill towards them, even long after his governorship tenure elapsed.

Also speaking, Alhaji Garba Sariki, the leader of the Awka Muslim Community, expressed happiness at Obi’s visits to Muslim communities in both Onitsha and Awka, stating that these visits are consistent with Obi’s nature and typical of his commitment to engaging with diverse communities.

He emphasized that Obi’s inclusive approach and dedication to connecting with people from all backgrounds exemplified the leadership qualities needed to revitalize Nigeria. Sariki asserted that Nigeria would undergo a transformative process if Obi were to assume the presidency, citing his belief in Obi’s potential to bring about positive change and national progress.

He informed the community that Obi has honored his commitment to provide N1.5 million for mosque maintenance, ensuring that the funds have been promptly deposited into their accounts.

In his earlier address, Obi underscored the imperative for all Nigerians, regardless of their tribal or religious affiliations, to unite and advocate for effective leadership. He elaborated on the detrimental impact of poor governance, emphasizing that its repercussions extend to every citizen, regardless of their background.

Obi emphasized that in the sphere of governance, there is no preferential treatment based on tribe or religion, as everyone is equally affected by the consequences of inadequate leadership. He urged Nigerians to transcend divisive barriers and collectively demand accountability, transparency, and excellence in leadership to ensure the prosperity and well-being of the nation.

He passionately appealed to Muslims to seize the solemn occasion of Ramadan as an opportunity to fervently pray for Nigeria and its leaders.

He implored for divine intervention, entreating that hearts be touched and minds be guided towards utilizing the state’s resources for the collective welfare of the masses.