Abuja - An Islamic scholar, Alhaji Mustapha
Agbarere, on Tuesday urged Muslims to use the nation's 53th independence
anniversary celebration to pray for peace and economic prosperity in
Agbarere gave the advice in Abuja at the special prayers and Qu'ran
recitation organised by Dairat Jafariyat Fitorikat Tijaniyat Islamic
"Government alone, without the support of the citizens, cannot build
a society where everyone is free and safe without fear of any form of
"We must come together in unity and pray to ensure a secure and progressive nation,'' the scholar said.
He appealed to citizens not to relent in their prayers and to
continue to strive to build a vibrant nation that would be the pride of
Agbarere, who urged people to be agents and promoters of peace, said one of the teachings of Islam was peace.
"Muslims must live in accordance with the teaching," he
said, adding that if there was no peace, there would be no progress in
"Islam prohibits disgrace, shedding of human blood and deprivation of people's rights," he said.
He urged religious leaders to inculcate moral values in children in order to rid the country of violence and terrorism.