Col. Sani Bello, the Chief Imam of the 34 Artillery Brigade Central Mosque of the Nigerian Army in Obinze, Owerri, stated on Friday that it is crucial for Muslims to respect the right of others to exercise their religion without retaliation, as this is the core of Allah’s message to all people.
At a special Juma’at prayer performed on Friday in Owerri to mark the Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL) for the year 2022, Bello addressed the Muslim faithful.
Speaking on the topic of “Promoting National Unity Through Religious Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence,” the cleric emphasized the importance of religious tolerance as a necessary component of national unity and stated that it is “vital for promoting national unity and growth,
Quoting the Holy Quran (Q 5:2), he called on Muslim faithful in Nigeria not to allow hatred of others to blind them into injustice and intolerance, and described national unity as the bedrock of sustainable development.
“Islam promotes peaceful co-existence with adherents of other faiths, thus it is pertinent for Muslims to tolerate the rights of others to practice their faith, devoid of aggression. This is the crux of Allah’s message to us “, he said.
He expressed gratitude to Lt. Gen. Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, for selecting Imo to host the NADCEL in 2022.
He also urged all Muslims to pray for Nigeria’s government and valiant military as they face the challenges facing their country.
Yahaya praised the valiant soldiers and officers of the Nigerian Army in his speech for upholding the principles of national peace and unity as well as for pursuing national cohesiveness during the course of the Nigerian Army’s 159-year history.
Maj.-Gen. J. H. Abdulsalami spoke on behalf of Yahaya as he urged Muslims to take advantage of the chance to pray for the protection and success of the troops while assuring the officers of his dedication to their well-being.
The Muslim faithful gathered in Owerri and the surrounding areas to observe the request.
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