60th Independence: Cleric admonishes Nigerians on nation building

By Daniel Tyokua

The National Imam and Sole administrator of Abuja National Mosque, Prof. Shehu Galadanci has charged Nigerians to continue to work for a better society.

He said Nigerians should be united irrespective of ethic, religious and political groups in building a nation where everyone would be proud.

Galadanci in a chat with some journalists after a special Juma’at prayers to mark this year’s Independence Anniversary.

The Scholar called on Muslims to practice the teachings of Prophet Muhammad which focused on love, unity and peace.

In his sermon, he cited portions of the Holy Qur’an encouraging Muslims to embrace team work for the good of the entire human race.

The Imam said that the theme for the celebration titled” Together” was apt in view of the situation the Country is facing.

Galadanci enjoined Muslims to extend hands of friendship even to those not in the same faith as demonstrated by Prophet when He migrated from Makkah to Madinah.

The Cleric noted that one of the significance aspects of the Prophet migration was the establishment of friendship between the people of Makkah and Madinah.

“This is very good. This also certainly teaches us how important it is for us to live together. In Hadith there is a very interesting episode which happened.

“The Prophet established brotherhood between one Sa’ad and Abdulrahaman. This Sa’ad was of course in Madinah he said to his brother the one brought by the Prophet.

“I’m one of the richest people in Madinah I’m willing to divide my wealth into two half, to give you half and for me to retain half,” he explained.

The dignitaries who attended the prayers include the Senate President Ahmed Lawal, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, wife of the President, Hajia A’isha Buhari, Minister of Information culture Alh. Lai Muhammed and security chiefs among others.

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