President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian muslims to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity in the country as they commence the 2015 Ramadan fast.
In a congratulatory message to mark the fasting season, Buhari implored Muslims to seek maximum benefits from 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.”
In a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President directed an appeal 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,” the statement said.
Buhari also prayed for peace and harmony in all parts of Nigeria and the world at large.
“I wish all our citizens a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem Mubarak,” the statement concluded.