President Muhammadu Buhari has joined world leaders in welcoming the month of Ramadan, the month of fasting and intense devotion for Muslims, advised them to feed the needy and avoid food waste.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity Garba Shehu, Buhari, in a message to Nigerians and Muslims all over the world, said the period offers a unique opportunity to ”feel the hunger experienced by the poor so as to feel what it is like to be deprived and marginalized.”
“Muslims,” the President emphasized “should seek greater personal discipline, which is necessary for the realization of a great nation.”
He advised Muslim elite against food waste and extravagant spending while others face hunger and destitution, urging that they should care for their neighbours, the poor and the marginalized.
He also called for prayers for peace in the country and beyond, and for healing and harmony throughout the world, wishing all Muslims a successful completion of the 30-day fasting period.
WikkiTimes had reported that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III has on Friday confirmed the sighting of the crescent moon marking the beginning of the Ramadan fast in Nigeria.
The fasting period in Islamic tradition represents the time for reflection where Muslims are expected to multiply their good deeds and demonstrate sympathy for the needy.
Ramadan fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and is made compulsory for all adult Muslims, except sick, travelling persons or those observing menstrual cycle, pregnant, or the elderly.