9th August, 2011
Muslims in the country have been enjoined to use the period of Ramadan to pray for the continued unity of the country.
This was the message contained in separate Ramadan messages to Muslims in Lagos State and Nigeria in general on the advent of the holy month of Ramadan by Honourables James Abiodun Faleke, Lanre Odubote and Wahab Alawiye King.
â€œWe all rejoice at the advent of this holy month which is coming at a very critical period in Nigeria’s democracy and I know it will afford us the opportunity to pray for the unity of the country,â€ Faleke, who represents Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, said.
According to him, the fasting period should be used to move closer to God, eschew evil and embrace goodness. â€œWe should make use of the period especially our Muslim brothers and sisters to pray for everything good for Nigeria,â€ the former chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area , LCDA, Lagos State, said.
On his part, Odubote called on Muslims and Nigerians in general to use the fasting period to move closer to Allah.
â€œIt is one of the fundamental tenents of Islam and it creates an opportunity for all of us to pray and move closer to Allah. However, we should not be selfish in our prayer as we should pray for the unity and peaceful co-existence in Nigeria,â€ the member representing Epe Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives said.
Alawiye-King, representing Lagos Island Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, urged Muslims to ensure that they do not only pray for themselves but also pray for the state and the country in general. â€œPresently, we are facing the challenges of nascent democracy in Nigeria hence this holy month could not have come at a more appropriate time as it will afford us the opportunity to tell God to come to our aid in the country and stand by us. Let us take maximum opportunity of this period and ensure we make good use of it,â€ he said.