Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Sunday urged Muslims to use religion as a vehicle for the promotion of love, oneness and understanding in the particular country.
Abubakar made the call in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe in Abuja in a message to mark Eid-el-Maulud in remembrance associated with the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
Abubakar said that religious tolerance was the prerequisite for a stable and peaceful country.
He added that religious leaders should make use of their positions of influence to spread love, threshold and respect for others who were different.
“Given our ethnic, cultural and religious diversity within the country, our spiritual leaders should at all times be alert to any threat to peace on account regarding incendiary utterances in the name of preaching, ” he said.
Abubakar, who was typically the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in the February elections, said that peace and patience were essential for practising our own individual faith happily.
“Prophet Muhammad was a paragon involving peace, humility and justice for all, and as we honour him on this great occasion, let us follow his examples in words and actions, ” this individual said.
The former vice-president also called on Muslim leaders to work hard in order to fight faith based bigotry which according to your pet has been responsible for planting the seeds of hate and violence in this country.