September 22, 2015

Let’s conquer hate, political intolerance – Atiku tells Nigerians

Let’s conquer hate, political intolerance – Atiku tells Nigerians

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to rid their hearts and minds of hate, intolerance and prejudice, which, according to him, promote violent conflicts and destruction of lives and property.

In a Sallah message, released by his media office yesterday in Abuja, he said every passing day “I am saddened by the deepening frenzy of hate, intolerance and bigotry which produce toxic effects on unity and harmony among Nigerians.”
According to him, Nigerians should use religion to create a conflict-free society, and that “love is the universal language of all the world’s religions.”

Atiku appealed to the Muslim faithful to pay greater attention to stemming and eliminating poisonous extremist tendencies by ensuring that people with violent ideologies are not allowed to influence the innocent in the wrong direction.
He said Muslims must speak with one voice against extremism “because of the great harm it’s causing the image of Islam and its adherents.”
The former vice-president explained that the virtues of Eid el-Kabir should not be treated as a transient attraction and forgotten soon after the celebration was over.
Speaking on the hardship among ordinary Nigerians, the Turakin Adamawa urged Muslim leaders to identify with the plight of the people.
He urged well-to-do Muslims to contribute in their own ways to job creation instead of expecting the government to carry the entire burden.

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