Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State has called on Muslims to offer prayers for the peace, unity and continuous progress of Nigeria, as they join other faithful across the world to celebrate Eid El Maulud, the birth of Prophet Mohammed.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, urged Muslims to follow the exemplary leadership of the Holy Prophet by promoting peaceful existence.
He charged Nigerians to shun all divisive tendencies and work towards building a better nation, saying that the celebration of the birth of the Prophet should renew the faith and bond of unity irrespective of diversity.
Okowa particularly urged the Muslims and other religious groups to embark on sustainable supplication for needed reforms for a better Nigeria.
“On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I extend our warmest wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid-el-Maulud in Delta, Nigeria and around the world. I congratulate all our countrymen and women on this special day.
“As we celebrate, it is my hope and prayer that we imbibe the spiritual lessons in the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty, which if well practiced, will be for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation.
“Let us remember to pray fervently for our nation to achieve greater unity and progress among our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of religion or place of origin, and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.
“It is my hope that this celebration will bring joy to all your homes, here in Delta, Nigeria and around the world,” he stated.