By Abubakar Yusuf.
The former President, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Omede Idris fnma, has appealed to Nigerians, and the people of Kogi state in particular, to give peace a chance.
He also called on all to see issue of security as everyone’s responsibility.
The former President, Association of Professional Bodies in Nigeria (APBN) said peace and improved security are the panacea for a smooth transition and viable democratic practice as Nigeria 2023 general elections beckons.
Dr. Omede dropped this in a personally signed message at the occasion of the 2022 Eid Adha (Kabir) celebration.
He stated that without peace and security, the cardinal goals and target of development will remain elusive and take long to achieve.
He further stated that for a country preparing for a general election, the spate of security breaches in various dimensions and shades is quite worrisome, noting that no nation can thrive when the citizens live in perpetual fears of insecurity amidst many other disenabling situation for survival, fruitful and gainful engagement.
“As Nigeria earnestly prepares for a new leadership through legitimate transition processes and programs, all actors must be sincere, just, fair and patriotic and ensure sanctity of lives and properties,” he said.
Dr Omede Idris used the festive season to congratulate the Moslems and the Muslim communities, urging them to live and lead by example, in accordance with the teachings and tenets of Prophet Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, that centres on peace.
Dr Omede, a former Commissioner for Health in Kogi state, urged the people of Kogi state to imbibe the culture of sacrifice, as demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Prophet Ismael, in strict obedience to the instruction of Allah through the Angel.
“That sacrifice and its eventual outcome form the hallmark of Eid el Adha celebration and key component of Hajj rites and activities,” he added.
Dr Omede prayed for more years of celebration in good health, love and conviviality in Kogi state and Nigeria for a smooth a general election in 2023.