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Buhari, Atiku, Dogara, Agbaje preach peace at Ramadan

President Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and other leaders have called on Muslims to pray for the peace and progress of the country as they start the 2015 Ramadan fast.
In a congratulatory message released on his behalf by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged Nigerians to pray for the return of peace, love and prosperity throughout the country and implored Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period “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, directed an appeal to the perpetrators of violence and destruction in the name of Islam all over the world to desist from 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,” Buhari said.
The President prayed to Allah to bring peace and harmony to all parts of the country and the world at large.
“I wish all our citizens a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem Mubarak,” the statement concluded.
Former Vice President Abubakar, in his message, called on Muslims to pray for the peace of the country which has been facing the grimmest challenge with the monster of terrorism disrupting social and economic life of the people.
In a statement released by his media office in Abuja on Wednesday, he said he was constantly saddened by the frequent explosion of conflicts and violence, which poses threat to the country’s peace.
According to him, Muslim leaders should intensify efforts to eliminate the influence of extremists in the life of Muslims, calling on political leaders to show extra vigilance to stem the growth of extremism.
The Turaki Adamawa expressed sadness that people have been turned to captives of fear because of the spectre of terrorism.
He called for urgent action to attack the roots of terrorism by attacking the ideology.
To attack the ideology, he explained that innocent Muslim disciples should be shielded from the influences of extremist teachers, who might exploit their ignorance to push them into criminal atrocities.
Atiku also expressed his sadness at how a minority group of misguided bigots are giving innocent Muslims a baggage of negative image.
He, however, advised Muslims to continue to pray for the peace of Nigeria.
In his goodwil message to Muslims at commencement of the month-long Ramadan fast, the Speaker of the House of Representatives urged Muslim faithfuls to use the period to
pray for Nigeria, noting that the present crop of leaders in the country came in at a very critical time and stressing that the promise of change by the new government can only be realised if Nigerians rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity.
“I want to use this medium to call on our Muslim brothers and sisters to use the holy month of Ramadan to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of Nigeria.
“As mere mortals we cannot achieve anything of our own wisdom and strength but with prayers, and determination, we can collectively overcome our challenges as a country.
Also felicitating with Muslims, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, called on them to exploit the period of the fast to pray for the restoration of peace through the length and breadth of the country.
Describing Nigeria as a nation going through hard times, the politician said Nigerians realise that it would take the intervention of God to bail their country out of its current difficulties.
Agbaje gave the counsel in a statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina, saying, peace had eluded Nigeria for too long.
“Especially with the advent of a new administration, Nigerians everywhere deserve peace,” the PDP Governorship Candidate said. “This holy period provides a great atmosphere to seek supernatural help for the restoration of peace to this great country.”
He also enjoined Muslims to pray for the success of new regimes at the Federal, state and local government levels.
“We must pray that God will bless this country with caring and visionary leaders, leaders who would have a passion for programmes and policies geared towards alleviating the sufferings of the common man,” he said.
“This is the holiest period in the Islamic calendar and our Muslim brethren should seize the opportunity to seek divine intervention in our national affairs,” Agbaje said. “Politicians and government can do their best, but it takes the intervention of the Almighty God to turn a nation’s fortunes around and to prevent natural and other sorts of disasters.”
Enjoining Islamic faithful to seize the period as a time for sober reflection, Agbaje encouraged them to cooperate with their neighbours from other faiths to create an atmosphere that would facilitate peaceful coexistence and nation-building.

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  1. Very well said Turaki Adamawa, PMB, Dogara and Agbaje.
    I urge political leaders to make more effort to halt the growth of extremism at all levels across Nigeria, Our leader needs to be more proactive.
    God heal Nigeria… Ramadan Kareem people

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