BY DEMOLA AKINYEMI
ILORIN —THE Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has urged Muslim ummah to use the opportunity of the ongoing Ramadan fasting to pray for peace and progress of the country in view of many daunting challenges facing the country.
In a release by the Secretary General of the NSCIA, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the apex Muslim body also called on Muslims to resist temptations to violence and pray for leaders at all levels for Allah’s guidance and justice.
The council under the leadership of its President General, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar, tasked Nigerian leaders to be conscious of Allah and discharge fully their responsibilities to the followers.
It felicitated with the Muslim ummah throughout the country on the commencement of this year’s Ramadan and wished them a blessed fasting period.
According to the statement, “the council particularly thanks the governor of Bayelsa State, Henry Seriake Dickson, for the symbolic act of the paid advertisement of his felicitation with Nigerian Muslims over the commencement of Ramadan, thereby displaying a good understanding of the letters of religious tolerance in a pluralistic society like Nigeria. It is a gesture worthy of emulation.
“The council also thanks and appreciates the marvelous gesture of on board special Ramadan service by Dana Airline and urges all other corporate bodies to always extend to Islam and its festivities the usual courtesies.”