The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. George Akume, on Wednesday in Abuja urged Nigerians to pray for peaceful political activities this year.
Akume made the call in his Maulud Nabiy message signed by Mr Emmanuel Yaweh, his media aide, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday.
He noted that with general elections scheduled for 2015, most of the campaigns into the various offices were expected to take place in 2014.
The message said it was unfortunate that the country was faced with the challenges of political intolerance, corruption, armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism, among others.
It urged the citizenry to re-dedicate themselves to the ideals of Prophet Mohammed whose birthday was being celebrated.
“Nigerians should use this occasion to pray for a return to sanity in our polity, a peaceful campaign period and a free and fair election in 2015.
“Nigeria today faces tough challenges as we enter this crucial pre-election year of 2014.
“We are faced with the multiple problems of political intolerance, corruption and worse still armed robbery, kidnapping and terrorism.
“We must re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals of Prophet Mohammed whose birthday we are celebrating.
“There are many lessons to be learnt by our leaders from his selfless service to humanity throughout his exemplary life”, the statement said. (NAN)