By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
The Executive Chairman of Lokoja Local Government Area, Hon. Muhammed Dan’Asebe Muhammed, has warned youths to shun cultism, saying his administration will not tolerate such menace.
Muhammed who stated on Saturday this at during this year Maulud of Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass, organised by Da’Iratul- Ahbabul Failati Lokoja, noted that cultism was a major challenge confronting the development of the area.
The council chairman who lamented that cult and other criminal activities were forcing businessmen and women in the area to relocate, warned that criminal activites would no longer be tolerated.
Muhammed who is also the chairman of the occasion urged parents to advice their children against cultism, stressing that it was the only way to eradicate the menace in the area.
According to him, “I want to use this opportunity to call on our fathers to tell our youths to toe the line of peace.
“Let us commit them in prayers, because in a society where there is no peace, there will be no meaningful development. And I believe, the God we serve will bring back the desired peace in Lokoja town.”
On the Maulud, the local government boss called on Muslims to always emulate and promote the virtues of Prophet Muhammed (SAW).
He identified such virtues to include: honesty, kindness and peaceful co-existence.
While congratulating the organizers of the Maulud, Muhammed said the birthday of the Holy Prophet should inspire all Muslims to renew their belief in the Almighty Allah and Nigeria.
“We all know that Prophet Muhammed (SAW) preached and lived for peace as a revered and widely followed Prophet.
“His quality of honesty and perseverance should be a lesson for all Muslims to imbibe, especially on his birthday.
“This year’s Maulud comes at the most appropriate time when prayers of Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, are needed to cushion the challenges of insecurity and economy in the country,” he said.
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