As Ramadan Begins, President Jonathan Urges Muslims To Promote Peace And Unity
President Goodluck Jonathan has admonished Muslims faithful in Nigeria to use this annual month long fast of Ramadan, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam to offer special prayers for the peace, stability and progress of the country.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Rueben Abati, the President greets all Muslims in Nigeria as they join the global Islamic community to begin this year’s Ramadan fasting.
While 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.
Against the background of recent security challenges in parts of the country, President Jonathan assures the Islamic faithful in the affected areas that every possible effort will be made to ensure that they observe the Ramadan rites of spiritual reflection, supplication, good deeds, charity and worship without hindrance, Abati said.
The President prays that God Almighty will grant the prayers of Nigerians during Ramadan and reward the entire nation with multiple blessings as well as greater peace, security, political stability, unity and faster socio-economic development.