The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to use Eid-el-Maulud to pray for new direction and God’s guidance, particularly as the nation gears up for general elections in 2019.
The party made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday in Abuja.
It said that the prayer was necessary as the country began the selection of new set of leaders at various levels of governance across the country.
It said that the occasion should be used to rekindle citizens’ sense of national unity, fear of God and love for one another as compatriots, while shunning all divisive and disruptive tendencies.
The party pointed out that Eid-el-Maulud, the celebration of birth of Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW), presented the nation with ample lessons in the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil and truth over falsehood.
It added that it also presented peace over strife, love over hatred, piety over depravity, mutual respect over intimidation and harassment, justice over impunity and discrimination and faith over despair.
“The PDP urges Nigerians to use the opportunity of Eid-el-Maulud to reach out and support the needy, the sick, and the deprived, particularly victims of escalated violence and daily bloodletting in parts of our country.’’
“The party also calls on Nigerians not to despair but continue to rekindle their faith in the nation as the 2019 general elections will usher in a new beginning.
“A new beginning with a new God-fearing and people-oriented leadership that is set to return our nation to the path of social stability, national cohesion and economic prosperity.
“The PDP wishes the Muslim faithful and indeed, all Nigerians, a glorious Eid-el-Maulud,” it said.