Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Muslim faithful to pray for the peace and development of Nigeria.
He also called on them to promote the ideals of religious harmony and tolerance as they relate with the adherents of other religions in the country.
The governor spoke on Friday during a Special Jumat Prayer to mark the 56th Independence Anniversary of the nation at the Nigerian Air Force Central Mosque in Port Harcourt.
Represented by Alhaji Mohammed Okiri, his Special Adviser on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Governor Wike said the country will attain more development in a religiously harmonious environment.
The governor said that he has taken deliberate steps to promote religious tolerance and friendship amongst the two major religions in the state for the sake of development.
He assured the Muslim faithful in the state that he will always create the right environment for them to worship Allah in the state.
“It is incumbent on Muslims to pray for peace and development for the country. We are working tirelessly to ensure peace and security for all residents of Nigeria “, Governor Wike said.
Also speaking, Representative of the Nigerian Air Force Commander of Special Operation, Wing Commander Umar Ibrahim, said all Nigerians should use the Independence anniversary to advance the cause of unity.
He also appealed to Nigerians to always pray for the nation.