BY ALIYU DANGIDA
KADUNA—As Muslims begin their one month obligatory Ramadan fasting, Governor of Kaduna State, Dr. Ramalan Yero has asked the Boko Haram insurgents to use the opportunity of prayers and self denial associated with the period to end the killing of innocent Nigerians.
Yero also, urged other Muslims in the country to use the advantage of the holy month by forging friendship among themselves on one hand, and with people of other religions on the other.
In a statement signed by his Director General, Media and Publicity, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, Yero said: “Let us seize this divine mercy through worship and prayers for Allah, the Almighty, to bring the present spate of insecurity in our land to an end. Ramadan is a period of enormous divine grace and salvation. It is, therefore, a time for us to pray for Allah’s mercy in bringing lasting peace and harmony to Kaduna State and Nigeria at large.”
The Governor furthermore, said he was rejoicing with ‘’Muslims for the sighting of the moon signaling the beginning of 29 or 30 days of mandatory fasting by all adult-healthy, believers, asking them to take full advantage of the holy month by forging greater unity within them, (Ummah) as well as with adherents of other faiths in the country.
He also called on privileged Muslims to assist those in need especially in this holy month when Allah promises to reward kindness abundantly and urged the people of Kaduna State to continue to coexist peacefully irrespective of their diversity, pointing out that, “we are all created by God Almighty and the only way to glorify God’s gift of life to us is by living peacefully with one another.”