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Abdulsalam Abubakar, Nupe monarch preach peace, unity

Abdulsalam Abubakar (file photo)

By Mohammed Usman,


Nigeria’s former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), has called on Nigerians to give peace a chance by respecting and tolerating one another irrespective of religious, tribal and regional differences.

He said that development only strives in a peaceful environment.

His words: “Peace is the pre requisite for any meaningful development without which the needed quest for Nigeria’s economic and socio-political growth and development would continue to elude us.

 “Elections have come and gone; let’s try and see how we can support the incoming administration”.

While saluting the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and world over for celebrating eid el fitr, the former head of state advised them to imbibe the tenants of Islam and as well put into practice what they learnt during the Ramadan fast.

Also, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubarkar, has appealed to Muslims to pray for the smooth and successful handover of power by President Muhammadu Buhari to an incoming civilian administration.

Both personalities spoke after observing the two rakaats prayer to mark the year’s Eid-el-Fitr at the Minna Central prayer ground and at the Bida Eid praying ground on Friday.

In Bida, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubarkar, while addressing his subjects after the two Raka’at prayers at the Bida Eid praying ground, said that only fervent and ceaseless prayers would ensure peaceful transition of power to the incoming administration.

The monarch also called on the Muslims to sustain the good lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan and to pray for those in leadership position for sustainable peace and unity in the country.

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