The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday enjoined Muslim faithful to pray for the unity, peace and progress of the nation ahead of the Eid el-Fitri.
This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Yusuph Olaniyonu, Special Adviser (Media) to Saraki, in Abuja.
He urged them to intensify prayers even as the month of Ramadan ends for their leaders as they have been enjoined by the Almighty Allah in the Holy Book.
“At this point in our national life, unity among all the different ethnic and religious groups will usher in peace and peace can only engender progress and development.
“We, therefore, need to learn to live together in peace, tolerate one another and eschew actions which can threaten the peace of the nation.
“Muslims, in particular, should continue to demonstrate the fact that the meaning of Islam is peace, and therefore, we should learn to live in peace with people of other faith and tolerate each other.
“We should also remember our fellow citizens in the North-Eastern part of the country who are being assailed by insurgents who call themselves Boko Haram,’’ Saraki said.
He also called on all Nigerians to continue to pray for our military who were engaged in the war against the insurgents to enable them restore total peace in the nation.
“Good followership is sine-qua-non for good leadership. Nigerians should always display patriotism, pay their taxes as and when due, eschew corrupt practices and protect public facilities.’’