Catholic Clerics and others on Tuesday appealed to Muslim faithful to use the celebration of Eid el-Kabir to pray for peaceful coexistence, especially in the countdown to the peaceful coexistence,.
They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as part of activities to commemorate the Eid el-Kabir festival by Muslim faithful across the world.
The Parish Priest at the CKC Church, Alagbaka, Akure, Rev. Fr. Clement Oddiah, said as Allah was gracious to Abraham in his travails, Nigerians too should help people solve their problems.
“Every religion stands on two principles, proclamation and demonstration. The Eid is the demonstration of the tenets of Abraham’s faith and commitment to total submission to the will of the Almighty.
“God has thought us that no religion is worth the blood of any man. He stopped Abraham who would have sacrificed his only son for the sake of religion.
“He gave a ram in exchange for the shedding of the blood of man and both worshipped God together,’’ he said.
The cleric further urged the Muslim faithful to exhibit the inclusiveness, tolerance and preservation of neighbours, embedded in the Eid celebration.
According to Oddiah, “it is better to give up anything for the preservation of human life, for whatever we proclaim must be demonstrated for us to become true believers.’’
Similarly, Rev. Fr. Pius Eluka, serving in the diaspora, urged politicians to use the celebration to reflect on peaceful coexistence among themselves.
“Let’s declare a state of emergency on our political
ineptitude and work very hard to liberate our minds through free and positive discussions,’’ he said.
Fr. Eluka, a Counsellor in a hospital in New York, also advised them to shun violence and any acts that could complicate the situation in the country.
Similarly, Rev. Fr. Tony Afariogun, the Administrator, All Saints Major Seminary, Ekpoma, Edo, urged the Muslim faithful to use the celebration to reflect on a peaceful situation during the 2019 general elections.
“This celebration is very significant because it projects sacrifice and respect for human life, especially as the election draws closer,’’ he said.
According to Dr Afariogun, It should be a time to come together and pray for peace and unity among the various religious groups in the country.
However, a Culture and Art promoter, Babayemi Temitope, described the season as a faithful period to seek God’s mercies.
“Happy Sallah to all Muslim faithful, but we must recall that the season calls for prayers that Allah should grant us the grace to live together as a strong, virile and united people,’’ he said.
Babayemi, who is the Coordinator, Artistes Village, Lagos, also encouraged all to use the period to renew commitment to Nigeria as Nigerians.