The pan-northern socio-political organization, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Thursday asked Nigerian leaders to be God fearing in the governance of the country.
The Forum, in a goodwill message to mark the Muslim’s Eid-el-Kabir, said it was time for all Nigerians to fervently pray, in the face of the prevailing security challenges, for peace to reign in the country.
Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, the ACF also urged Nigerians to eschew bitterness and hatred on the basis of faith, tribe or political leanings.
To the Nigerian Muslim community, the Forum enjoined them to be steadfast in promoting the virtues of Islam among them, which are peace, accommodation in all their undertakings.
According to ACF, the deviant behaviour of some Muslims should not be misconstrued as the general behavior of all.
Consequently, the Forum appealed to governments at all levels to be God fearing, just, sincere and responsible in the discharge of their duties.
The ACF said, “As Muslims all over the world celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir on Saturday, where rams are sacrificed in obedience to Allah’s command, ACF wishes to extend its felicitations and goodwill to the Muslim Ummah and all Nigerians on this special occasion.
“This is a period of sacrifice and a reflection on the significance of the spiritual act. Muslims are therefore enjoined to be steadfast in promoting the virtues of Islam among which are peace, accommodation and understanding in all their undertakings. The behavior of deviant Muslims should not in any way be construed as a general attitude of Muslims.
“ACF, therefore, calls on Nigerians to eschew unnecessary bitterness and hatred on the basis of faith, tribe or even political leanings.
“We urge Nigerians to unite and always pray for peaceful coexistence and understanding among the citizenry especially in this period of Eid el Kabir Celebration.
“We appeal to our leaders at all levels of Government to be God’s fearing, just, sincere and responsible in discharging their duties”.