Lagos - The Chief Imam of Festac Town, Alhaji Hamzat Ediowu, on Friday linked the challenges being experienced in the country to lack of fear of God.
The cleric, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, called on Nigerians, especially the political class, to fear God in everything they do.
"These various challenges we have in our society and in the country today is as a result of lack of fear of God. If you fear God, you will know that what is good for you is what you expect for others.
"Whatever you will not accept from others, you should not do it to them. Nobody want to be killed, nobody want to be kidnapped,'' Ediowu said.
He said that "Hajj is one of the pillars of Islam which also demonstrate a clear international brotherhood of human race’’.
Ediowu said that the significance of Ed-El-kabir could not be overemphasised, noting that it was a clear indication for all Muslims to fear God whether in the secret or in the open.
"God, does not need the blood of the animals we used in the sacrifice, neither does he need the meat of the animal. It is the fear of God in us that he requires.
"God does not want anything that will bring about discrepancies, disturbances, war and so on that can destabilise the nation, that is the essence.’’
Ediowu, while calling on the Muslim to be peaceful and law abiding, however, said: "all of us are one before God’’.
Meanwhile, Gov Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for sustained peace and progress in Nigeria and the world.
Wamakko made the call in his Sallah message to Nigerians issued by his Special Assistant on Press Affairs, Abubakar Dangusau, in Sokoto on Friday.
He urged the people to be steadfast in the worship of Allah so as to reap His blessings.
"The Muslim Ummah should also strengthen the ties of kinship and imbibe the spirit of sacrifice that Eid el kabir symbolises,’’ he said
Also some residents of Abuja have appealed to Nigerians to use the Eid-el- Kabir to promote unity and peace among their neighbours.
The residents made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.
Mr Idris Umar said at Millennium Park that he was happy to be celebrating with other Nigerians irrespective of their religion and tribe.
"Unlike in the past, Nigerians are beginning to unit together whenever there is need for celebration, be it Christians or Muslims, I have noticed that there is no discrimination among Nigerians,’’ he said.
Mrs Juliana William said she and her family were at the recreation park on the invitation of her Muslim friends to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir with them.