President Goodluck Jonathan has called on all Nigerians, Muslims and non-Muslims, to strive to imbibe, in greater measure, the virtues of piety, self-discipline, tolerance, equity, fairness, and sympathy for the less privileged which the Ramadan fast promotes.
Speaking in a Ramadan message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Rueben Abati, the president also urged all believers who may have been misled by extremists and agents of international terrorism into taking up arms against their fellow countrymen, women, and children, to re-open their minds, during this Ramadan season, to Islam’s true lessons of love and peaceful co-existence with others.
Mr. Jonathan extended his greetings to all Muslims as they begin this year’s Ramadan fast.
He urged Muslims worldwide to undergo the spiritual purification of Ramadan, and urged Nigerian Muslims to offer special prayers during the period for greater peace, security, unity, and rapid socio-economic development in the country.
The president prayed that God grants the prayers of the faithfuls during Ramadan, reward them, and grant Nigeria greater peace, security, unity and national harmony. He wished the Muslim community a successful and spiritually gratifying Ramadan fast.