Oyo, 19 July, 2021 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Muslims and Christians in Nigeria have been urged to reflect on the need for peace and peaceful coexistence during Eid al-Adha, the annual Islamic celebration to be marked in the West African nation and other countries around the world this year on Tuesday, July 20.
Translated from Arabic as “Feast of Sacrifice”, Eid al-Adha that is also known as “Eid el Kabir” is a significant holiday on the Islamic calendar that marks the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, on Mt. Moriah, in obedience to Allah, God.
In his message shared with ACI Africa Monday, July 19 ahead of this year’s celebration, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese says, "Our beloved country needs all of us and we all have a part to play in the success of Nigeria as a nation. I humbly urge us to use this medium to reflect on our common need for peaceful coexistence, good governance and youth empowerment,"
Bishop Badejo calls upon citizens of Africa’s most populous nation "to combat all forms of prejudices, fake news, hate speech and religious fanaticism and join hands with our leaders in making Nigeria work for all of us."
“Eid el Kabir is a festival of great sacrifice to Allah, which must reflect in our loving sacrifice to one another, especially those who do not share our beliefs and language,” he further says in his message dated July 15.