- President Muhammadu Buhari sent his greetings to Nigerians on the commencement of Ramadan
- The president urged people to form good relationship with people of other faiths
President Buhari has sent greetings to Nigerians in general and Muslims in particular as they commence the month-long Ramadan fast.
The president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, May 5, said the president’s greetings followed the sighting of the lunar month of Ramadan.
Buhari called for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country.
According to the president, Islam is a religion of peace that upholds the values of tolerance and mutual coexistence without a place for hatred and violence.
He, therefore, urged Muslims to use the period to build a relationship of friendship and harmony with fellow citizens of other faiths.
The president prayed to Allah for the continued peace, progress, and the wellbeing of the country.
Meanwhile, the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, called on Muslim faithful to pray for a turnaround in Nigeria’s fortune as they joined their counterparts across the world to observe Ramadan.
Saraki, in a goodwill message in Abuja on Sunday, May 5, to mark the beginning of the Holy Month, noted that since fasting symbolised internal cleansing and spiritual renewal, the country could benefit tremendously from prayers of the faithful during the period.
He said: “It is my prayer that Allah accepts the earnest prayers and sacrifices of the Muslim Ummah during this Holy Month."
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