Former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu, said on Thursday Nigeria’s diversity is a blessing to the country.
Kalu stated this while felicitating with the Muslim faithful on the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
In a statement issued by his office, the Senate Chief Whip said the festive season calls for sober reflection.
While calling on Muslims to use the special season to offer prayers for the country, Kalu stressed that peace remained a panacea for sustainable development.
He also acknowledged the role of religious leaders in ensuring peaceful co-existence among different ethno-religious groups in the country.
He said: “I extend warm greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
“This period provides an opportunity to remember the submission of Prophet Ibrahim (Alaihis Salam) to Allah, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another.
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“We must endeavour to sacrifice for others in our daily lives.
“In our pursuits, let us demonstrate the spirit of forgiveness, togetherness, tolerance, and patriotism.
“Nigeria’s diversity should be seen as a blessing and as such, it is important to shun violence and other social vices.
“We must embrace peace and harmony regardless of our cultural, ethnic, and religious differences.
“Let us use this season to pray for leaders at all levels of government for the sake of national well-being.”