The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, has called on Nigerians to be tolerant towards the religious beliefs of others and ensure peaceful co-existence.
Ewuare made the call when the chief imam of Benin’s central mosque, Alhaji Abdufatah Enabulele, led other Muslim worshipers to the palace on Sunday.
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He said there should be no form of discrimination against any religious belief, saying it could lead to disagreements and violence.
This, the traditional ruler said, had become imperative to ensure peaceful coexistence, harmony and good neighborliness among people.
Ewuare urged the Muslim community to always submit security reports to his palace to avoid any security breaches and stop untoward happenings.
“In this era of security challenges, everyone must be vigilant in order to prevent the breakdown of law and order in society,” he said.
The royal father advised the Muslim community in Benin not to let up on their prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari and other government officials across the country.
Speaking earlier, Enabulele thanked Allah for granting the Muslim devotees the grace to attend this year’s Eid-el Kabir festival.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chief imam, along with other imams, scholars and Islamic devotees, prayed for Ewuare, his families and the people of Benin.
He denounced the security challenges the country is currently facing, calling for urgent action to stem the tide.
Enabulele called for the formation of vigilante groups to stem insecurity and protect the lives and property of citizens. (NOPE)