By Marie-Therese Nanlong.
Jos – Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong has called on Christians and Muslims in the country to unite and condemn those who are bent in causing disaffection among the citizens as only in unity can the nation achieve its full potentials and be beneficial to its people.
Lalong stated this yesterday in Jos while receiving Muslim faithful who paid him the traditional Sallah homage and assured him of their resolve to give him the needed support for his administration to succeed.
According to the Governor, “As Christians and Moslems, we have the spiritual and patriotic duty of doing all that is necessary to preserve the unity of our Nation, by rebuking agents of disunity and openly disassociating ourselves, from any sectional, ethnic or myopic religious call that gives vent to the secessionist opportunism of those who are alien to the labours of our heroes past which have kept this Country as one indivisible entity.
“I am particularly delighted that this visit is another very visible exhibition of the State of Peaceful co-existence and inter-religious harmony that is the character of the people that make up the two dominant religious persuasions in Plateau State.
“Ramadan as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, is a journey of spiritual discipline which encourages the denial of comfort and the conscious inculcation of virtues of prayers, these virrues of the sharing of gifts, visitation, the giving of Zakatul Fitr (Tithes), Sadakat (Alms) and the show of brotherly love as a display of the peaceful disposition of Islam, are the positive lessons of the month of Ramadan, which as Moslems we must allow to go beyond Ramadan.
“As Moslems, we must ensure we continue to live by these teachings to guarantee the corporate existence of our State and Nation. This is where we find the strength as a Government, for the strong condemnation of hate and divisive speeches, that have the treasonable potential to destabilize our Nation and set a united people against each other.”