By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin has called for more prayers from Nigerians to forestall peace and unity in the country.
Hon. Ogundoyin made the call during the 2020 Maloud Nabiyy celebration just as he prayed to Allah to bless the soul of noble Prophet Muhammad.
He said his birth in Mecca on the 12th day of Rabiu Awwal was one of the world’s most significant event.
The Speaker in a statement in Ibadan to felicitate with Muslims across the world on this year’s Maolud-Nabiyi celebration said only prayers can restore the lost unity and peace in the country.
He said the World has never been the same since the birth of Prophet Muhammad who was one of the descendants of Prophet Ibrahim, the father of faith.
According to the Speaker, Nigerians need a special day like this at the moment to celebrate, rejoice, pray and reflect on the divine message of the holy Prophet Muhammad after the unholy experience of the #ENDSARS protests that rocked the nation to its foundation.
Hon. Ogundoyin assured that the world will be a better place to live in if people in positions of authority imbibe the spirit of servitude, sacrifice and humility as exemplified and taught by Prophet Muhammad.
“The Prophet Muhammad was born in Makkah in 570 CE, during a time when, basically, the majority of the people used to worship idols like fire, animals, dead ancestors, humans themselves, planets and stars, water bodies and even trees other than God and they would ask these objects to feed them and stop hunger, help them, guide them through life, enrich them from poverty, give them children, make rainfall from the sky.”
It was a time they used to engage in all sort of diabolical acts including the burying of female children whom they considered as a curse. But when Prophet Muhammad was raised a Prophet , he put an end to idol worshipping and all their evil ways,” the Speaker recalled.
Hon Ogundoyin urged Nigerians to see themselves as one and avoid activities and utterances that could cause ethnic, tribal and religious crisis just as he admonished to have fear of God at heart.
“I want to admonish you to see yourselves as promoters of peace as done by Prophet Muhammad who put an end to forty years of war between major tribes because of one or two camels.”