The Arewa Consultative Forum on Tuesday called on the Niger Delta Avengers to in the spirit of Eid el-Fitri stop blowing up oil pipelines and embrace dialogue with the Federal Government.
The ACF made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim, to mark the Sallah celebrations.
“Destroying oil installations and polluting the environment is not a solution to whatever perceived grievances the groups may have against the government/oil companies,” the ACF said.
“Development and prosperity can only take place in an atmosphere of peace and understanding and not violence and destruction.”
The forum also called on the Muslim community to pray for the unity of the country, while stressing importance of Ramadan.
It said, “The Holy month of Ramadan of 1437AH (2016AD) has come to an end with the sighting of Shawwal moon. The period of Ramadan was an opportunity for Muslims all over world to fast, pray, and devote themselves to the reading and teachings of the Holy Quran, practices and sayings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
“It was also an occasion where Muslims reaffirm their belief in the oneness of Almighty Allah (SWT) and commitment to the ideals of Islam.
“Muslims also prayed fervently for peace, unity and understanding among Nigerians, they also helped the less privileged and the poor in our midst in view of the prevailing economic hardships and other inequalities nationwide.
“ACF therefore wishes the Muslim Ummah a peaceful and Happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration and equally urges Muslims to continue to devote themselves to prayers for unity and peaceful coexistence in view of the security, social, economic and many other challenges confronting Nigeria.”