The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), in the last election, Peter Obi, has hosted prominent Islamic scholars in celebrating the Eid-el-Kabir in Onitsha.
Peter Obi, who welcomed the leaders of Anambra Muslim Community in his residence, said that he decided to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with them, to show the brotherly love and unity that should exist among Nigerians, irrespective of tribal, political or religious belief, and to start fulfilling his promise of helping to renovate the Awka and Onitsha mosques.
It would be recalled that during Peter Obi’s visit to Awka and Onitsha muslim communities in April, he promised to support them in renovating their place of worship, which was no longer in good condition. He used the opportunity of the visit to start fulfilling the promise, even as he presented both Awka and Onitsha Muslim Communities with cheques worth millions of Naira to commence the renovation projects.
Speaking at the event, the LP Presidential flag bearer said: “We are all Nigerians, and we will continue to live as one irrespective of our religious or political beliefs. What we owe each other is brotherly love and care, so we can live in peace and unity as a nation. We have no other nation but Nigeria and we must make it work.
“I know that times are difficult for everybody in the country, but if we rise above our religious, political and ethnic divisions, we will be able to surmount our challenges in unity. We will not give up on our nation, but continue to work for a New Nigeria that will be beneficial to every Nigerian.”
In his words of appreciation, the Sarki of Awka Muslim Community, Alhaji Garba Haruna said that they were thrilled by Peter Obi’s simplicity and consistency.
He said that Obi has, once again, demonstrated that he is a truly detribalised Nigerian, by making out time to mark their Sallah celebration with them.
Alhaji Haruna recalled how Obi visited their mosque in April and was displeased with the deplorable state of their mosque, and pledged to help in renovating it. He sincerely appreciated Obi for the cash gift which he said will go a long way in rebuilding the mosque.
The Sarki of Onitsha Muslim Community, Alhaji Iliyasu Yushau, said that the memories of Peter Obi’s visit to their mosque in April still stays fresh in their minds.
He said that even though he was not in Anambra then, he received reports of Obi’s good will to the community.
Alhaji Yushau said that Peter Obi had not failed in taking care of the muslim community in Anambra, even from his days as the Governor of the State.
He said that Peter Obi’s actions reflect a leader who is desirous of caring for everyone irrespective of tribe or religion.
He prayed Allah to bless and grant Peter Obi his heart desires.