Nigeria leader urges Muslims to pray for peaceful polls

Nigerian President has urged for the country's Muslims to pray for successful elections

Nigeria leader urges Muslims to pray for peaceful polls
World Bulletin / News Desk
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has urged the country's Muslims to pray for the peaceful conduct of the nation's general elections, due in February, as the Muslim community commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad on Friday.

"President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan greets and felicitates with all Nigerians of the Islamic faith as they commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad tomorrow," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said in a statement on Thursday evening.

"As they celebrate Mawlid [al-Nabawi] Eid which has fortuitously fallen on Friday this year, President Jonathan urges Muslims across the country to offer special Jumat [Friday] prayers for successful and peaceful elections in Nigeria next month," he added.

Nigeria, a country with estimated 85 million Muslim population, has declared Friday a public holiday for the commemoration of the prophet's birth.

The president also urged Muslims to emulate the prophet's merits such tolerance, justice and peaceful coexistence with neighbors of varied backgrounds.

"The President reassures Muslims and all other Nigerians that the Federal Government will do all within its powers to ensure that the general elections in February are free, fair, credible and violence-free," according to the statement.

"President Jonathan believes that this is essential to guarantee that Nigeria remains politically stable and continues on a steady path to the fulfillment of its peoples’ collective vision of a strong, united and prosperous nation," it said.

The release also carried Jonathan administration's commitment to being "guided by the ideals of fairness, equity and justice for all in its leadership of the country and that on his watch as President, no Nigerian will ever be discriminated against on the basis of religion, ethnicity or social standing."


Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ocak 2015, 10:55