As the holy 2015 Ramadan fast commences, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity throughout the country.
This was made public in a congratulatory message released on his behalf by the Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu.
The President called on Muslims to make meaningful use of the Ramadan period “by being helpful to all manner of people, learning and following the true message of the religion as taught by the Holy Prophet.”
He further appealed to the perpetrators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to desist from tarnishing the name of the religion.
“As we make collective efforts to bring to a permanent end the menace of the Boko Haram in the Lake Chad basin countries, let me use this auspicious occasion to appeal to our misguided brothers to drop their arms, embrace peace and seek a better understanding of Islam during this Holy period and beyond.”
“I wish all our citizens a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem Mubarak,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, Sultan of Sokoto and president-general, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria on Wednesday declared Thursday as the first day of Ramadan in the country.
The Sultan made the declaration while speaking to journalists at his palace. He said, ”I have the greatest pleasure to announce to you that today June 17, marked the end of Shaaban and therefore Thursday June 18 marks the beginning of Ramadan 1436.
”Reliable reports from Muslim leaders across the country show that the new moon of Ramadan has been sighted in various parts of the country. I urge you all to use the opportunity to offer prayers for peace and development of this country.”
While you embark on the fast, here are the 10 Things You Need To Know About Ramadan.