By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
As the Ramadan fasting begins today, Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has enjoined the Muslim ummah to use the opportunity provided by the holy month to pray fervently against the challenges of insecurity as well as for unity and progress of the state and the nation as a whole.
According to a statement signed by the Director-General (Press Affairs) Government House Gombe, Ismaila Uba Misilli, the Governor who made the call in a goodwill message to mark the commencement of the Ramadan, also called for sustained prayers for an end to the coronavirus pandemic which he said is still very much in existence.
He noted that this year’s holy month is coming at a time Nigeria is still battling with challenges of insecurity, characterized by insurgency, banditry, kidnappings and communal clashes, hence the the need for all to intensify prayers to seek Allah’s intervention.
He said, ” as one of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan fasting avails the Ummah a golden opportunity for spiritual rejuvenation and devotion through supplication and other acts of worship. We therefore must use this opportunity to pray fervently for our dear state and the nation as well as for those in authority as we collectively battle to combat the threat of insecurity, covid-19 pandemic and many challenges facing us today”.
The Governor admonished the Muslim Ummah to always demonstrate in their lives, the spirit and ideals of Islam by living according to the tenets of the religion, which promote peace, kindness and obedience.
“The Ramadan is not just to fast, but to purge ourselves of every iniquity and rededicate ourselves to Allah, sublimate our desires and ambitions to His will and set ourselves up as examples for others by our generosity, honesty and good neighborliness “.
While wishing the Ummah a rewarding Ramadan fast, Governor Yahaya called on Islamic clerics to use their Tafsir sessions to preach peace and unity among the citizenry.