By Luka Binniyat
KADUNA — SULTAN of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, Alhaji. Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on the Boko Haram and other terrorist groups in the country to cease hostilities in the country and embrace peace.
Abubakar also urged Muslims in the country to make the best use of the last 10 days of the Ramadan to seek for the night of power. This was contained in statement signed by the Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Aliyu Abubakar in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement read, ‘’The Sultan of Sokoto has called on Nigerian Muslims to mark the significance of the last 10 days of Ramadan by maximally reciting more of the Qur’an; being punctual in observing the daily obligatory prayers- the Tarawih and Tahajjud in congregation
“They are also implored to intensify their generosities in giving alms to the poor, the needy, the orphans and the handicapped in the society, especially to families living from hand to mouth.
“More importantly, they should watch out for Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) which often comes up on one of the five exceptional nights within the last ten nights of Ramadan- the five nights.
“As always, we urge the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the Ummah against all manners of upheavals; particularly special prayers (Al-Qunuut) for the people of Borno State, the entire North East and the nation at large, should be offered, as they are being massacred with seeming impunity almost every day.
’’The Sultan wishes all Muslim faithful Allah’s pardon in the sacred days and after, and urges them to pray fervently for Allah’s acceptance of their Ramadan Fast.
’’The Sultan then called on all those who had taken up arms against the state to rescind their decision and become peaceful during the Ramadan and after.’’