Buhari Calls For Continued Peace of Nigerians As Muslims Commence Fasting
Buhari greets Muslims as Ramadan period begins.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent greetings to Nigerians in general and Muslims in particular as they commence the month-long Ramadhan fast.
The President in a message on Sunday night following the news of the sighting of the lunar month of Ramadan called for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president, who noted that Islam is a religion of peace that upholds the values of tolerance and mutual coexistence without a place for hatred and violence urged Muslims to use the fasting period to build a relationship of friendship and harmony with fellow citizens of other faiths.
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President Buhari prayed to Allah for the continued peace, progress, and the wellbeing of the country.
It could be recalled that the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar had yesterday declared Monday as the first day of Ramadan, 1440 AH.
The announcement marks the commencement of the 29 or 30 days fast by the Muslims across the country.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar in which Muslims will observe one-month fasting.
According to the Sultan, after due verification and authentication by the states and national moon sighting committees and states confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan signifies the end of Sha’aban 1440 AH.
“In accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah are to commence fasting on Monday accordingly.”
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Sultan, therefore, enjoined all Muslims to devote themselves fully to the worship of Allah throughout the holy month, and use the period to pray for leaders, peace and stability prosperity of the nation.
“We further called on Nigerians to continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious and tribal difference,” he said.