Grand Imam of Ado-Ekiti, Sheikh Jamiu Bello on Thursday called on Muslims in Nigeria to reflect on the significance of Maulud Nobiyy and offer prayers for peace, unity and economic stability of the country.
Similarly, the president, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Ado-Ekiti chapter, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, urged Muslims to always exemplify the qualities and characters of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.
Bello, who is also the president-general, League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West, Edo and Delta, said the country was in dire need of divine intervention through prayers to come out of its numerous challenges.
According to him, holy season as Eid-el-Maulud remains a sacred period for Muslims to intercede for an end to banditry, armed robbery, kidnapping, insurgency and unrest, adding that the country was presently passing through the most critical period of its existence since independence and, therefore, desired divine intervention for it to come out better and stronger.
“It is part of our responsibilities, as devout Muslims, be it parents, clerics, leaders or students, to support those at the helms of affairs with prayers in order for them to succeed.
“As we celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammed, we should reflect on the importance of the season to step up our prayers for the growth, progress and socioeconomic development of the country” he said.
He also advised Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of tolerance, unity and harmonious relationship, especially in their relationship with adherents of other religions.
“He also called on youths to be industrious and be at the vanguard of the desired peace and unity envisioned by the country’s founding fathers
For his part, Sanni also said the virtues exhibited by Prophet Mohammed while alive should continue to remain the template and guide for Muslims in their day-to-day activities.
He urged religious leaders to continue to offer prayers for peace and tranquility in all parts of the country.