By Sani Idris

To mark this years’ Eid-El-Fitr celebration, Arewa Youth Trust Foundation (AYTF), has called for a general prayer and cohesion among Nigerians to end the menace of insecurity bedeviling some parts of the nation.

Dr Fahad Ahmed-Chikaji, the Team Leader of the foundation, made the call in a statement, signed and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Kaduna.

According to him, only collective prayers by all a sundry and cohesion among Nigerians, towards achieving the same goal of having a secured nation would pave way for meaningful development.

Ahmed-Chikaji also reminded Muslim faithful that Eid-El-Fitri which remained one of the festive periods, should be utilised in paying visit to relations, friends and love ones.

“Muslims should use this period to share love to everyone and mend broken relationships and establish new ones, as Sallah is a season of joy, happiness and forgiveness.

“While we wish the entire Muslims all over the world a peaceful, joyful and cheerful celebration, we call on Nigerians to use Sallah period to collectively and individually pray for a secured and cohesive nation,” he said.

He also said the call for prayers had become necessary in view of the fact that prayer is a veritable tool for everlasting peace, brotherliness and path to national cohesion.

“It is our responsibility to pray for Nigeria regardless of political, ethnic, religious and or sectional affiliation so that the country can attain greater heights.

“This is our motherland, we have no other country like Nigeria, we must therefore do everything possible to protect its integrity, ”he said.

Ahmad-Chikaji further stated that Nigeria as a nation, needed collective efforts towards tackling the problems of ethnic, religious and political differences that had long existed among its populace.

“Considering what is happening, the country is no doubt sick, only prayer can salvage the nation from the ills of insecurity such as insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, religious, political crisis, among others, ’’he said.

He also urged Muslims on the need to retain the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan and its lessons to reflect in their daily activities.(NAN)