President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday urged all Muslims in Nigeria to pray for peace, stability and progress of the country as they join Muslims in other parts of the world to begin this year’s Ramadan fasting.
Special adviser to the president, Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in a statement quoted the president as saying: “As Muslims start the annual month-long fast which is one of the five pillars of Islam, President Jonathan urges all Nigerian Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for peace, stability and progress in the country.
“Noting that the Ramadan fast teaches Muslims to practice piety, self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, tolerance, justice, fairness and empathy for the less fortunate in society, the President calls on all Nigerian adherents of the Islamic faith to reflect on these edifying lessons as they fast and make them a greater part of their daily lives to promote peaceful co-existence and greater unity amongst the diverse groups in Nigeria.
AS Nigerian Muslims join their counterparts all over the world to begin this year’s Ramadan fasting, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday charged them to promote peace and unity in all their endeavours.
President Jonathan’s charge came as eminent Islamic scholars asked sponsors of violence in the country, especially those behind the Boko Haram insurgency, to use the opportunity of the holiness of the month, to repent and seek forgiveness from Allah.
Jonathan urged Muslims to use the opportunity of the Ramadan to pray for the stability and progress of Nigeria.