By Raph Christopher
Abuja natives under the umbrella of Abuja Original Inhabitants Youth Empowerment Organisation (AOIYEO) have advised Muslims in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to use the period of Sallah celebration to pray for the end of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world.
President of the group, Comrade Isaac David who spoke to selected journalists, said end to the disease should be the concern of all, especially with the blessings enjoyed from the just concluded Sallah celebration.
David who used the opportunity to congratulate residents, particularly the Muslims on the Sallah celebration, said that the celebration calls for sober reflection as well as emulating the exemplary live of prophet Mohammed and also to appreciate Almighty Allah for the strength and endurance given to them during the 30 days fasting.
He also advised entire Muslims of FCT to rededicate themselves to the service of Allah and humanity, in order to make Nigeria a better place after the festive period.
David, while expressing gratitude to God for the privilege and mercy He has granted Muslims in other parts of the world to commemorate the auspicious celebration in an atmosphere of peace, also urged Muslims to imbibe the virtues which Prophet Muhammad lived for.
He appealed to all residents of the Abuja to continue to be good neighbours to their fellow residents, irrespective of religious beliefs, that the best in the sight of Almighty God is the most pious, thereby adviced residents to make a firm commitment to selfless service to the growth and development of the Nigeria.
According to David, despite the current difficulties experienced from the deadly Coronavirus in the country, the Abuja and entire nation will still record a new dawn.
He said residents should pray for the leadership of the FCT Administration led by Muhammad Musa Bello and his colleague, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, because of their credible leadership they display to serve the interest of the people.
“I am confident we will get over this pandemic soon. Before then, I will continue to encourage all of us to adhere strictly to the FCT guideline on the easing of the lockdown. Nigerians must remain united and indivisible, because peace is paramount for the development of any nation after a pandemic like the coronavirus,” he said.