6th February, 2012
Ustaz Musa Dau’d, National Coordinator, Islamic Family Foundation (IFF) has stressed the need for peace and unity amongst Nigerians, as Muslims celebrate the Eid-el-Maulud.
Dau’d said peace and unity were necessary for meaningful development in the country.
He made the remark on Sunday in Abuja in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), at the sideline of a special lecture to mark Eid-el-Maulud, Celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, organised by the IFF.
Dau’d urged Muslims to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity and stability of the nation, especially at this “trying period.” He said Muslims should emulate the virtues of the Prophet and continue to contribute positively to nation building as Muhammad directed.
“As Muslims, we need to emulate the teachings and virtues of Prophet Muhammad, who lived a pious and exemplary life. It is only when we do this individually and collectively as a nation that we can have peace and development,” he said.
The Islamic cleric called on politicians to desist from using religion and ethnicity to polarize and cause enmity amongst Nigerians. He urged the Federal and state governments to boost the provision of education and other basic amenities for the people, saying, this would foster peace, tolerance and development.
He then decried the current state of insecurity in the country and called on the security agencies to be more proactive in their operations.
Dau’ud emphasized the need for religious and traditional leaders to also show more commitment and tact in ensuring peaceful co-existence, tolerance and stability in the country.
On the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, Daud called on Muslims to do so with moderation and use the occasion to reflect on the teachings of the Prophet and how to make the world a better place.