The Chief Imam, Uyo Central Mosque, Alhaji Mohammed Adamu, has urged politicians in the country to play politics according to the rules as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections.
Adamu made the call while speaking to newsmen after the Eid el-Kabir prayers in Uyo on Tuesday.
The cleric said those seeking election into public offices should market themselves to the electorate through genuine manifestoes instead of indulging in campaign of calumny.
“We use this opportunity to call on our leaders, especially politicians, to play the game by the rules.
“They are the ones beating the drums of war; they are the ones using the down trodden for their selfish interests and causing trouble in the country.
“Let them play politics by presenting their manifestoes to the electorate; let them convince the electorate on what they will do, if voted into power,” Adamu said.
He urged the electorate across the country to use their voting power and chose leaders that would ensure good governance and provide dividends of democracy to them.
The chief imam prayed God to have mercy on the country and bring peace to all communities that were experiencing crisis.
“Let God give us the enabling environment to conduct a very peaceful election.
“Let us as the electorate use our votes to choose leaders that can give us quality leadership that can change our lives for the better.
“All the killing in some parts of the country should not happen again; let us have peace in our country.
“Let us use today’s celebration to preach peace, unity and love among ourselves. We pray for the peace of this nation.
As we approach the electioneering year, we pray God to give us wisdom,” he said.
Alhaji Hassan Sadauki, the Head of Hausa Community in Akwa Ibom, called on all Muslims to remain faithful and embrace the good ideology of the past leaders.
Sadauki said that Nigeria’s past leaders tried their best to keep the country together as one peaceful entity.
“The doctrine of our two faiths, Moslem and Christianity, emphasise peaceful coexistence and harmony among all humanity. Let us imbibe the spirit of oneness by living in peace with one another,” he said.
He urged the people to continue to pray for the leaders to be wise to lead the country and provide good governance.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that thousands of Muslims in Akwa Ibom gathered at the central mosque to pray and thank Allah for the providence bestowed on them.