Atiku, Dogara, Grand Imam sue for peace
MORE admonitions and pleas are going to Muslims as they begin the month-long fast. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar called on them to pray for the peace of the country, which has been facing the grimmest challenge with the monster of terrorism disrupting social and economic life of the people.
A released by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President said the frequent explosion of conflicts and violence, which poses threat to the country’s peace, saddened him.
According to Atiku, Muslim leaders should intensify efforts to eliminate the influence of extremists in the life of Muslims, calling on political leaders to show extra vigilance to stem the growth of extremism. Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has urged Muslim faithful to use the Ramadan period to pray for Nigeria.
In a goodwill message to Muslims at the commencement of the Ramadan fast issued by his spokesman Turaki Hassan, Dogara said the present crop of leaders in Nigeria came in at a very critical time.
“I want to use this medium to call on our Muslim brothers and sisters to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria.
As mere mortals we cannot achieve anything of our own wisdom and strength but with prayers, and determination, we can collectively overcome our challenges as a country.
Also, President-General, League of Imam and Alfas, Southwest, Alhaji Jamiu Kewulere has urged the Muslim faithful to pray fervently for God’s guidance for Nigerian political leaders in this holy month of Ramadan.
The Grand Imam pleaded with them to maintain peaceful disposition with every Nigerian, irrespective of religious beliefs, race or ethnicity to foster peaceful co-existence among Nigerian citizens.
Alhaji Kewulere, who is also the Chief Imam of Ekiti State, appealed to Muslims to observe this holy month of Ramadan with all sense of discipline, restraint and reverence as ordered by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).