The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, has urged Muslims to use the Sallah period to offer special prayers for hitch-free elections in 2019.
Abdullahi made the call in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Jibrin Gwamna, in Keffi on Tuesday.
The speaker said that fervent prayers by Muslims and other Nigerians would not only ensure a successful poll in 2019, but would also promote peace and unity in the country.
“There is the need for all to guard against hate speeches; let’s do the right thing and intensify prayers for a hitch-free general election and for the emergence of leaders that will deliver for the people,’’ he said.
Abdullahi called on religious, political and traditional leaders to preach for peace and unity among their people as 2019 general elections draw nearer.
“I want to congratulate Muslims and other Nigerians on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Let all of us use this period to pray fervently for the successful conduct of 2019 general elections.
“Let use this period to reconcile with ourselves and God in case we offended each other and God in the interest of peace in order to get more God blessings and favour,” the speaker said.
He enjoined Muslim faithful to use the Sallah period to show love to both Muslims and non-Muslims, especially the less privileged in order to give them a sense of belonging.
Abdullahi, who commended developmental projects executed by President Muhammadu Buhari and Gov. Tanko Al-Makura of Nassarawa State, also called on citizens to continue to pray and support them to succeed.
The speaker re-assured the people of the state that the legislature would continue to enact laws and pass resolutions that would be in the best interest of the people of the state.
He solicited for support to enable them succeed and further called on the citizens, especially youths to be law abiding, peaceful and remain committed to constituted authorities.