As Muslims in Nigeria prepare for the Ramadan which may begin tomorrow or Thursday, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, in Niger State, has cautioned Islamic preachers against provocative sermons capable of inciting the adherents against one other.
He said religious preaching during the period should be targeted at promoting harmonious relationship among the people, warning that nothing should be done to divide the people.
The monarch spoke yesterday in his Wadata Palace, Bida when he met with Imams, Islamic clerics and representatives of various market associations.
He said that such harmonious relationship among people should always be promoted to enhance peace, unity and the progress of Nupe Kingdom, Niger State and Nigeria.
Alhaji Abubakar reminded the clerics of their roles as representatives of the God Almighty, stressing that they should always be shining examples both in words and in deeds.
He warned against sectarianism in Islam and appealed to the clerics to fashion out ways to propagate the genuine teachings of the religion.
The traditional ruler appealed to wealthy Nigerians to assist the less privileged in the society with food items and money for them to participate in the fast with ease.
According to the royal father, “people should use their God-given wealth to see that those who do not have to cushion the effect they may go throw during this holy month of Ramadan.”
He pleaded with traders not to hike prices of the food items and other goods during the Ramadan.
“Those using the period to increase prices of their commodities should have a re-think and fear God and not to cause any unnecessary hardship on their brothers and sisters in Islam,” he added.
In his response on behalf of the clerics, the Chief of Bida, Sheikh Adamu Liman-Yakatun, charged the people to have the fear of God and to always remember the day of reckoning.
He appealed to wealthy individuals to assist in the feeding of the less privileged to cushion the effect of fasting.