President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to members of the Boko Haram sect to stop their attacks and destruction of lives and property in the name of Islam.
He said their actions were tarnishing the name of the religion across the globe.
In his message to Muslims yesterday on the commencement of Ramadan, Buhari asked Nigerians to pray for peace, love and prosperity in the country.
Similarly, his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan, appealed to Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray for peace in Nigeria.
In his twitter handle yesterday, Jonathan said: “As we enter into the holy month of Ramadan, I wish the Muslim Ummah a successful fast. I enjoin all Nigerians to join our brothers and sisters of the Islamic faith in prayers for the peace and prosperity of Nigeria.
“This is a time to also reflect on the virtues taught by Prophet Mohammed (SAW) which virtues include concern for the less privileged in society, increased offering of salat and introspection for the purpose of character development. God bless the Muslim Ummah and may God bless Nigeria. Ramadan Kareem. GEJ.”
Buhari, in the congratulatory message made public by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, urged Muslims to tap the full benefits of 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.
“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.
He prayed to God to bring peace and harmony to all parts of Nigeria and the world at large.
“I wish all our citizens a blessed Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem Mubarak,” he concluded.

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