- As Aregbesola asks Muslims to pray for nation
President Goodluck Jonathan salutes all Muslims in Nigeria as they begin this year’s Ramadan fast.
As they join fellow adherents of the faith in other parts of the world in undergoing the strictures and spiritual purification of the annual Ramadan fast against the background of security challenges in the country, President Jonathan urges all Nigerian Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace and security in the nation.
The President also seized the opportunity of the commencement of the Ramadan fast to reassure the entire nation that the Federal Government continues to work tirelessly to curb insurgency, terrorism and other criminal acts which have caused insecurity in parts of the country.
He urged Nigerians not to succumb to despair, but to remain steadfast in the firm conviction that with courage, determination, focus, decisiveness and collective support for the Armed Forces and security agencies, the country will ultimately overcome the evil agents of sectionalism, sectarianism and international terrorism who seek to disunite the nation.
As they observe the Ramadan President Jonathan also called on Nigerian Muslims to rededicate themselves in fuller measure to the virtues of piety, self-discipline, tolerance, equity, honesty, fairness and sympathy for the less privileged which the Holy month promotes.
The President joins all people of faith in praying that God Almighty will grant Nigeria greater peace, security, unity and national harmony.
He ended by wishing the Muslim community a rewarding and spiritually gratifying Ramadan fast.
And the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged Muslims all over the country to pray for peace and security.
In a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the Governor said Ramadan is a month in which Muslims redouble their spiritual efforts for the attainment of piety.
Aregbesola tasked the Muslim ummah to use the holy month to pray fervently for peace and security in the nation and the State of Osun.
He reiterated that Islam is a religion that promotes peace and its adherents have no choice but to peaceful and peace-loving in their behaviours and conducts.
The statement said in part: “This is a month that comes once in a year. It is a month designed by Allah to open the door of mercy, favour and forgiveness to His creatures.
“We should seize this opportunity to pray for the country to overcome all the socio-political upheaval and insecurity it has been battling with.
“Our dear state is also going through a historical political journey as the day of election draws near. It is our duty to pray for free and fair election on August 9 election.
“We must extend hands of fellowship to both Muslims and non-Muslims; use the month to share, care and show love to others.
“Above all, we must strive to be agents and promoters of peaceful and harmonious co-existence in our communities as well as resolve not to revisit whatever anti-social vices that Ramadan has prevented us from engaging in.”