The Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi said his support for the Muslim community was to demonstrate brotherly love and unity expected among Nigerians, regardless of tribal, political or religious affiliations.
Obi stated this when members of the Muslim community in the state paid him a visit in his Onitsha residence in celebration of the Sallah festival.
The former Governor of Anambra State who issued cheques to the community for renovation of the mosques in Awka and Onitsha, said the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise earlier made to them.
Obi had during a visit to Awka and Onitsha muslim communities in April, promised to support them in renovating their place of worship, which was in deplorable condition.
He said, “We are all Nigerians, and we will continue to live as one, irrespective of our religious or political beliefs. What we owe each other is brotherly love and care, so we can live in peace and unity as a nation. We have no other nation but Nigeria and we must make it work.
“I know that times are difficult for everybody in the country, but if we rise above our religious, political and ethnic divisions, we will be able to surmount our challenges in unity. We will not give up on our nation, but continue to work for a new Nigeria that will be beneficial to every Nigerian.”
Responding, Sarki of Awka Muslim community, Alhaji Garba Haruna, appreciated Obi for the cash gifts, saying Obi, through the gesture had demonstrated his detribalised nature.
He noted that the community was thrilled by his simplicity and consistency, expressing confidence that the gift would go a long way in assisting them rebuild the mosque.
On his part, Sarki of Onitsha Muslim Community, Alhaji Iliyasu Yushau said memories of Obi’s visit to their mosque in April was still fresh in their minds.
Obi also presented other material gifts and food items to the Muslims to celebrate the Sallah.