Former head of state, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) has urged Muslims in Nigeria to hold fervent prayers for the country.
He said this in his message to the Muslim faithful on this year’s holy period.
A statement he signed read: “I join all to congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and across the world for seeing yet another Ramadan month.
“It brings to note the transient nature of the world with the realization that some people we observed the month with last year and many years back are no longer there this year; so we have this and many more reasons to thank Allah swt for his mercy to be alive to witness this holy month.
“We are no doubt faced with various challenges at personal and National levels but we are always strong and believing in divine intervention to always take us through the right path with prayers to find solutions to our challenges.
“I therefore enjoin Muslims to conduct themselves very well during the holy month in order to maximize the spiritual and physical benefits inherent in the fasting period for us to surmount our challenges at all levels and premises of life.
“I’m of the strong conviction that with perverseness, good intention, prayers, fairness and firmness of purpose in the pursuit of good deeds, Allah will make us benefit from the rewards and blessings inherent in the Holy month.
“I enjoin Muslim Ummah and scholars to pray and preach in order that all Muslims will in this month accord Ramadan as an important pillar of Islam with the needed devotion for the good of the religion, humanity and the society at large.”