PRESS RELEASE Eid El Kabir: Ekweremadu Calls for Peaceful Coexistence

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has called on Nigerians to pursue the virtues of love and peaceful coexistence irrespective of their religious, political, and ethnic persuasions.



Senator Ekweremadu made the call in an Eid El Kabir message to Muslim Umah, stressing that contrary to some assumptions, Nigeria’s strength still resides in her diversity.



He said: “God who blessed humanity with diversity never purposed it to divide us. For Nigeria in particular, what makes us thick is not oil and mineral resources, but our diversity and abundant human resources. Therefore, we have ourselves, not God, to blame if what should ordinarily make us strong continues to divide, weaken, and slow down our quest for national development”.



Senator Ekweremadu, who also called on Nigerians to pray for the total defeat of insurgency in the country, said that his heart went out to thousands of Nigerians displaced by insurgency, especially those in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.



He further commended the nation’s gallant soldiers “for their enormous sacrifices and successes in the war against terrorism and insurgency”



He added: “I urge fellow Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity of the Sallah to reach out to our displaced brethren. We must all pray for our gallant soldiers and rally round the Federal Government in its relentless efforts to end insurgency and terrorism in the country.



“It is my hope and earnest prayer that this will be the last festivity our people will celebrate in IDPs centres and other places they have been forced to flee to”.



The Deputy President of the Senate wished Nigerians a happy and hitch-free Eid El Kabir celebration”.



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Uche Anichukwu

Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate

23/09/15