Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has pleaded to Nigerian Muslims not to distort the good virtue of Islamic religion.
Atiku, in his message to Muslims as they prepare to observe Eid-el-Fitr which marked the end of 30-day Fasting, advised them to continue to show good examples of love, tolerance and peaceful disposition at all times.
Such attitudinal disposition, he added, would prevent the religion being perceived in bad light and distortion.
The former Vice President condemned religious extremists for giving Islam a bad name, even as he advised Muslim parents to protect their children from the negative influences of those who preach hate and intolerance.
He said that the virtues of the sacrifice should be sustained beyond the Ramadan by Muslims, adding that Fasting period makes believers appreciate the impact of hunger.
Atiku said that the spirit of the Ramadan creates a bond of empathy between the haves and have-nots, explaining that compassion “is an important ingredient of our common humanity.”
He called on Muslims to show greater commitment to peace, unity and tolerance in order to create harmony and understanding in the country. He said unity is a condition for building a formidable nation, adding that without unity, a country is politically vulnerable.
Atiku called on political leaders at all levels and of all persuasion to have the fear of God and the love for the people in their activities.
He advised leaders to use power fairly and justly, even as he stressed the need for politicians to be accessible to the people instead of living in fortresses of power that detaches them from the reality of the people. [myad]