The Chief Imam of Federal College of Education Mosque, Asaba, Alhaji Yinusa Adekola, has enjoined all Nigerians to live together in peace irrespective of their religious or ethnic groups.
Adekola made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Asaba.
The cleric said the country needed peace and harmony in order to progress and enjoined Nigerians to shun hate speeches, killings and violence.
Quoting from the Holy Quran, the chief imam said that anyone that killed another person had killed the whole mankind.
He said that it was wrong for anyone to kill a fellow human being in the name of religion, pointing out that Islam was a religion of peace.
Adekola said Christians and Muslims were free to practice their religions and no one should compel the other to join his or her religion.
The cleric further advised youths to be creative and innovative to earn decent living and not wait for white collar jobs.
He said since government could not provide employment for everybody, the youths should channel their energy and knowledge to things that would sustain their lives and benefit society.