The Ayedero of Yorubaland and a federal lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa federal constituency at the House of Representatives, Honourable Shina Peller, has urged Nigerians to desist from cursing their leaders, adding that doing so will have direct or indirect impact on the governed.
Honourable Peller stated this while congratulating Muslim brothers and sisters on the occasion of Eid-ul-fitri celebration which marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The Ayedero of Yorubaland, who enjoined Muslims to intensify their good deeds as devotedly carried out during Ramadan period, observed that the last one month has been a soul-purifying one for many who engaged God days and nights praying, seeking forgiveness, embracing and promoting goodness in different ways.
Also, Honourable Peller recalled that while he was in Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, he seized the opportunity to pray for peace to reign in Nigeria, and for the country to progress impressively.
In the same vein, the Oke Ogun-born federal lawmaker advised individuals who are displeased with the outcome of the just concluded general election to seek redress in court peacefully instead of challenging it through violence. He reminded all that it is God that gives power to whoever he so desires and that what will be, will be.
He also enjoined all to embrace love, peace and unity in the best interest of the country, adding that there can never be progress where there is no peace.
The statement read in full:
“As we witness another occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend my best wishes and greetings to fellow Muslim brothers and sisters both at home and in the diaspora.
“Indeed, the last one month has been a soul-purifying one for some of us. Days and nights, we devoted our mind, time, energy and resources to praying, seeking God’s forgiveness, embracing and promoting good deeds in different ways.
“While in Saudi Arabia for lesser hajj, I prayed fervently for Nigeria; for peace to reign in our land and for our country to progress beyond our imagination.
“However, now that Ramadan is over, we must make all our supplications to Allah during the Holy Month count by not withdrawing from our good deeds, but improving on them, where necessary.
“Also, as Muslims, we shouldn’t forget that it is God that gives power to whom he so wishes. Some of us may not be pleased with the outcome of the just concluded general election. However, we shouldn’t take law into our hands through violence; rather we should challenge it in a peaceful manner legitimately in court. And whatever happens in the end, we should accept it as God’s will and move on. After all, what will be, will be.
“Moreover, we must restrict the temptation of cursing our leaders as doing so will have direct or indirect impacts on us, the governed. Rather, we should pray for God to purify their heart and guide them aright.
“Importantly, as we celebrate this year Eid-al Fitri, let us spread love, not hatred; let us preach peace, not violence; let us embrace our unity in diversity and treat others the best way we would like to be treated.
“Peaceful coexistence, irrespective of our religious, ethnic or political differences, should be our watchword if truly we want a Nigeria of our dream to be a reality. There can never be progress where there is no peace.
“Once again, I wish everyone of us a very pleasant Salah celebration and pray that we witness many more on earth. Amen.”