Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged Muslims in Nigeria to use the month of Ramadan to pray fervently against the current spate of killings, kidnappings and armed banditry in many parts of the country.
This online news had reported earlier that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, declared Monday, May 6, as the 1st Ramadan, 1440H, signifying the commencement of the annual long-month fast by Muslims after sighting the moon.
During the broadcast, the Sultan urged all Muslims in Nigeria to: “Pray fervently for the blessings of Almighty Allah to lead us at all levels to succeed in steering the affairs of our dear country and for the sustenance of peace and stability,” the Sultan said during the broadcast.
In the same vein, Dogara called on religious leaders not to relent in their prayers and preaching for unity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence in the country.
His words: “As Ramadan begins, I want to felicitate with our Muslim brethren for witnessing yet another season of spiritual significance”, he said.
“I want to enjoin you to use the holy month to reflect and re-dedicate yourselves to prayers for our dear nation against the current spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry and other security challenges, especially in the northern part of the country.
“I also call on our religious leaders not to relent in their prayers and preaching for unity, tolerance and peaceful coexistence in order to build a nation that we will all be proud of,” he said.