Lagos (NAN) Mr Jimi Agbaje, PDP governorship candidate in Lagos in the last election, has sympathised with families who lost worshipers in suicide bombings on eve of Eid-el-Fitr celebrations in Gombe, Damaturu and Yobe States.
This is contained in a statement issued by his Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Felix Oboawina in Lagos.
In the statement, Agbaje urged Muslim faithful to continue to work and pray for peace to reign in Nigeria.
“The nationwide celebration of Ramadan underscore the fact that Nigerians cherished and guarde their fundamental freedoms jealously, including freedom of worship.
“It was significant that the security challenges bedevilling the country failed to douse the zeal to celebrate Ramadan.
“Worshippers willingly subjected themselves to bodily searches before being admitted into prayer grounds.’’
He prayed that insurgency/terrorism would soon be a thing of the past in the country.”
It said Nigerians of whatever faith were no terrorists and that terrorism was not in their character.
“We must banish this evil from our land through all spiritual and physical means necessary.’’
It added that Islam was peace, and prayed that Muslims and all Nigerians of other faith would be able to worship soon in peace
Agbaje encouraged them not to lose the lessons of the fasting period, which he said included the virtues of sacrifice, righteousness and honesty.
“The Ramadan fast draws Muslims close to Allah, but worshippers must go in the strength of this significant pillar of the Islamic faith to live in harmony with their neighbours and impact positively on wherever they occupy.”
The statement urged Nigerians to form a rainbow coalition in the fight against terrorism, saying one inalienable and fundamental truth is that Nigerians want to live together in peace.
It, therefore, advised every decent and God-fearing person to forge a common front in the fight to defeat terrorists and win back the land of peace Nigeria had always been known for.