Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, (retd) yesterday pleaded with bandits and other violent criminals across the country to sheath their swords and embrace peace for the progress of the country.
This came as more state governors, organized labour and others, called for greater efforts by all Nigerians towards achieving peace and unity of the country.
The former Head of State who made the appeal after observing the two rakaat prayers for Eid el Kabir held at Minna Eid prayer ground on Tuesday said no religion preach or encourage shedding of blood of other fellow human beings and therefore called on them to have a rethink and shun violence.
According to him, “Islam is a religion of peace. Prophet Mohammed is totally against shedding of blood in the name of religion and so, anybody killing or encouraging shedding of blood in the name of Islam is not a true Muslim.
“All Muslims and indeed all Nigerians should be each other’s keepers, shun violence and think of what will unite us more than what will divide us. I therefore call on all kidnappers, bandits and others perpetrating violence across the country to have a rethink, sheath their swords and embrace peace for the well being of all Nigerians.”