Governors Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Olubadan of Ibadan , Oba Saliu Adetunji, have urged Muslims to use the Ramadan rebirth to promote love, peace and justice.
They made the call in their various messages to Moslem faithful on Tuesday.
In Yenagoa, Dickson advised Moslem faithful across the country to uphold the tenets of Islam as well as the teachings of Holy Prophet Mohammad.
According to him, for a nation to develop and make meaningful progress, both Muslims and Christians must appreciate each other as well as live together as brothers and sisters.
Nigeria, he said, is a blessed nation, and called on the people to pray fervently for the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also urged religious leaders to always prevail on their followers to propagate the message of peaceful, united and egalitarian society.
“I am enjoining all Muslim faithful across the country to see Ramadan as a period of stock taking and a time to make peace with Allah and their fellow human beings.
In Enugu, Ugwuanyi urged Muslims to take advantage of the spiritual rebirth that Ramadan represents to reflect on the importance of unity in the country.
Ugwuanyi said in Enugu on Tuesday that Nigerians should use the celebration to cohabit peacefully irrespective of religious, ethnic or political affiliations.
“The significance of the Muslim festival is enormous and compelling for all Nigerians to embrace one another and affirm the trust of our founding fathers towards a peaceful, united and prosperous nation.
“It is only when Nigerians live in peace and harmony and appreciate one another that we can strengthen the bond that brought us together as a nation and make rapid progress, irrespective of our socio-cultural, ethnic and political differences,’’ Ugwuanyi said.
Ugwuanyi called on all Muslims and Nigerians to continue to offer special prayers for the unity and progress of the country, especially in this moment of economic recession.
The governor felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari and other Muslim faithful on this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
In Ibadan, the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, implored Muslims to consolidate on the gains of Ramadan by distancing themselves from evil activities as they celebrate.
Adetunji, who congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the fasting, said that there were lots of lessons to learn from fasting and prayer.
According to him, God is willing and ever ready to answer prayers and solve problems if only the people seek God and submit to His perfect will.
“Despite the socio-economic challenges confronting our people, such as liquidity crisis, corruption in high and low places, kidnapping etc., nothing is too difficult for God.
“To live is not a right but a privilege, I have great hope that all those who went through the Ramadan period without anything will soon enjoy abundance,’’ Adetunji said.
The monarch appealed to people to allow unity in action herald the dawn of freedom.