Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, as well as state governors have called on Nigerians to use the Ramadan to pray for Nigeria’s peace and unity.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki felicitated with the Muslim Ummah and reminded them that Ramadan should strengthen their devotion to the Almighty Allah.
“Ramadan has yet provided us with rare and unique opportunity to fervently pray over the security situation of the country and call on Allah to help us restore sanity and love among our country men and women. Nigerians, Muslims in particular, should make use of this opportunity to pray for the end of insecurity and other violent crimes threatening our existence both as a people and nation.”
Also, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, urged Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray for unity in the country.
Atiku described the one month fasting as “a period of recompense, piety and separation from sin, said Muslims must be ready to sacrifice and pray to Almighty Allah who made Ramadan a blessing for them.
He noted that “the 29 or 30 days of fasting should be dedicated to moving closer to Almighty Allah…”
From Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki called on Nigerians to support Muslims across the country as they commence the spiritual activities lined up for Ramadan.
Obaseki said: “The holy month is a period of fasting and deep spiritual reflection and a period to deepen the love for one another.
“I call on Nigerians of all faiths and religious convictions to support Muslims in their midst as they carry out these activities and urge Muslims to pray for the nation’s unity.”
The governor also noted that “the holy month affords Muslims the opportunity to back with prayers, the nation’s collective aspiration to join the league of developed countries; in which everyone can realise their dreams.”
He maintained that despite the challenges that the country faces, “Nigerians are still among the most creative, enterprising and forward-looking people in the world.” On his part, Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, urged Muslims to use the Ramadan to demonstrate more commitment towards nation-building and also pray for the country’s leadership at all levels.
In a statement signed by his Media aide, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, the governor described the month of Ramadan as a period of devotion, and “there is no better time to dedicate to Nigeria’s cause than now, in view of the insecurity challenges threatening its corporate existence.
“As a period of intense devotion and introspection, it behoves on us to use religion for the advancement, not the dismemberment of our nation. This we can do by imbibing the lessons which the month of Ramadan seeks to teach us, especially showing love to one another regardless of religious inclinations, assisting the less-privileged and placing our collective interests over and above individual considerations.
“We must remember that a nation is only as good as its leadership, which means we cannot wish evil for our leaders and expect prosperity for the nation.
Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Umar Jibrilla, called on the Muslim faithful to used the month of Ramadan to pray for the president to remained focused in the fight against corruption and insurgency in the north east.
“Take advantage of the holy month to step up effort in observing the teachings of Islam which teaches love, tolerance, discipline, abstinance from sexual relations and devotion to prayer,” Jibrilla said.
Meanwhile, Osun State Assembly, under the leadership of Speaker Najeem Salam congratulated Muslim faithful in the state.
In a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, on Wednesday, Osun House said witnessing the holy month of Ramadan, which is renowned for core worship, is a great blessing made possible by Allah. The parliament urged Muslims to renew their commitments to the virtues of love and peace taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.