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Imam preaches against extremism

In Lagos, Muslims converged on different praying grounds and mosques across the State to observe the Eid prayers at about 9’oclock in the morning.

Many dignitaries in the State gathered to pray at the Eid grounds by the State House, Dodan Barracks, off Awolowo road in Ikoyi.

In a sermon, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Sulaiman Abou Nola said all those who call on Allah must shun every acts of religious extremism and appealed to the Federal Government to re-orientate the citizens on the need for national unity and integration.

The Lagos State Chief Imam urged the government to create more jobs and review the countries security architecture.

The State’s Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat was among Muslim faithful who prayed at the Dodan Barracks fields.

In interview with newsmen after the prayers, Dr. Hamzat pointed out that Islam is a religion of peace and those who adhere to its tenets must shun every acts of terrorism and kidnapping

While wishing all Nigerians in general and Lagos residents in particular a happy Eid Kabir celebration, the Lagos State Deputy Governor reminded them that development could only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace.

Similarly, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress and former Lagos State Governor,Chief Bola Tinubu who was also among the dignitaries at the grounds wants Nigerians to be tolerant, eschew hate and spread love.

On his part, a Minister designate and former Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola advised Nigerians to join hands to build the nation and make it a haven for all.

A ram was slaughter at the praying grounds as part of the requirements of the Eid-El- Kabir festival.

The slaughtering of rams or any other specified animal a faithful can afford is a major feature of Eid-Adha, while Muslims can slaughter their rams even two days after, they are however mandated to share it with neighbours and the less privileged in the society.

Omolara Omosanya

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