By Bode Olushegun
Yobe State Governor, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni has asked that the celebration of the birth of holy prophet Mohammed (Eid-el-Maulud) should be used as a period to reflect on the unity of Nigeria, peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.
The governor in a statement on Thursday by his spokesperson, Mallam Mamman Mohammed, said Prophet Mohammed was a prophet of peace and light to the world.
He said “this occasion of his birthday should therefore be a period to preach peace, forgiveness, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence.”
He urged the people to use the period to reflect on the unity of Nigeria, peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.
He however observed that the Maulud was coming this year at a time when the nation was undergoing some challenges arising from the #endSARS protests which had claimed some lives, led to destruction and looting of property.
He said: “The recent events that bedeviled the country are both regrettable and condemnable when lawlessness was exhibited with impunity.
“Unfortunately this is happening when the global economy including Nigeria is adversely affected by the scourge of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Buni urged Nigerians to guard the existence and corporate unity of the country jealousy, noting that: “There is no alternative to peace and we have no other country than Nigeria.”
He also called on the people to pray for Yobe state and the country for improved peace across Nigeria, while wishing everyone a happy and peaceful celebration.