Don’t allow religion divide us, Akpabio tells Muslim senators


President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, urged his Muslim colleagues and fellow Nigerians not to let religion create divisions among them. He noted that it was not a mere coincidence that Christian Lent and Muslim Ramadan periods overlapped this year.

Akpabio addressed his Muslim colleagues during the breaking of fast (Iftar) on Easter Monday evening.

In a statement issued from his media office yesterday, Akpabio emphasized that Muslims and Christians, despite practicing different religions, worship the same Supreme God. He made these remarks during the occasion, which was also attended by some Christian senators.

“I want to congratulate all of us for breaking fast today and thank Almighty Allah for keeping us alive to see this day and pray that He will continue to protect us and continue to look after our health, look after our families through this Ramadan period and also use this opportunity to congratulate you on the Easter celebration.

“It is not a coincidence that God is merging the fasting of Muslims and Christians together. This is about the second or third time it is happening.

“The intention is to show that we may have different religions but we have only one God and that God is the Supreme God that looks after all of us. “So to the glory of God, the invitation was for those of us who are still around. Those who have not yet gone to Saudi Arabia, particularly for these last 10 days of Ramadan, that we should meet and break the fast together.”