President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Muslims all over the world to refrain from violence to observe the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, in light of the month of Ramadan.
Buhari sent the message to Muslims on Thursday, as they begin their 30 day fasting of Ramadan. The President called on Nigerians to pray for peace, love and prosperity throughout the country.
In a message sent on his behalf by the Senior Special Assistant of Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari implored Muslims to seek the most blessings from the month “by being helpful to all manner of people, learning and following the true message of the religion as taught by the Holy Prophet”.
The President in his message made a directive to the propagators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to stop 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,” Mr. Buhari said.
The President also prayed to God to bring peace and harmony to all regions of Nigeria and the world at large.
“I wish all our citizens a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem Mubarak,” the statement concluded.