The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, on Wednesday urged Muslims in particular and Nigerians in general to use the fasting period to pray for peace and unity to reign in the country.
The speaker made the call in his Ramadan Message to Muslims on the commencement of the 30-day fasting period, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Musbau Rasak.
Obasa described fasting as a period of sober reflection which gives opportunity to move closer to Almighty God and seek His face in supplication and prayers.
“It is a period of sober reflection, a period we move closer to Almighty Allah in supplication and prayers and a period prayers are answered by Almighty Allah.
“It is not only Muslims who should make positive use of this spiritual period but Nigerians in general irrespective of their religious beliefs.’’
He said there was need for all Nigerians to seize the opportunity brought by the fasting to pray for Nigeria’s unity and for peace to reign in the country.
According to him, one major feature of the period is love sharing, urging them to share love not only among themselves but also among adherents of other religions.
Obasa said that such sharing would engender brotherliness among Nigerians.
“Islam means peace, thus this is the period Muslims can display the peaceful nature of the religion to people especially adherents of other religions.
“I greet all Muslims during this period and I pray that we will all reap the positive reward of its essence in our lifetime and the hereafter,” the statement read.
NAN reports that Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam will commence on Thursday and Muslims around the world is expected to observe it.
It is a one month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.
Muslims follow a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day or two apart.