By Mohammed Aminu in Sokoto
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has urged all Nigerians to uphold the tenets of peaceful coexistence and respect for all faith so as to build a united and peaceful nation where everybody would feel free and safe.
In a message to commemorate this yearâ€™s Maulud celebration issued in Sokoto on Friday by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad should renew â€œour faith and bond of unity as one people, one nation, our diversities notwithstanding”.
He said the same way that the birth of the Prophet in Mecca ushered in a new dawn for humanity, Nigerians should view the occasion of this yearâ€™s Maulud Nabiyyi as an opportunity for a new beginning for the country.
â€œI believe that we will make progress towards the realisation of our shared vision of a strong, united and prosperous nation if our people imbibe the Prophetâ€™s lessons of peace, tolerance, honesty, selflessness, sincerity, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence with others, including fairness to all,â€ the governor said.
He equally urged Muslims across the country to imbibe the virtues of forgiveness, love, piety, humility, transparency, tolerance and perseverance.