The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged Muslims to intensify prayers during the Holy Month of Ramadan for the return of permanent peace in Nigeria.
According to Abubakar, prayer remains the most effective weapon against any form of challenges.
He made the call during the Ramadan Tafsir held at his Wadata Palace in Bida, Niger State on Sunday.
Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the Niger State Traditional Council, said security challenges such as insurgency, banditry and kidnapping would be overcome through ceaseless and fervent prayers by the Muslim faithful in the holy month of Ramadan.
The monarch explained that with prayers, the current security socio-economic and other challenges facing the country can be solved through divine intervention .
He explained that the ongoing Ramadan fast was the most auspicious period to offer prayers to Almighty God to provide sustainable solutions to problems plaguing the country.
The royal father urged Muslims in his domain and the country at large to use the holy month to pray fervently for peaceful coexistence, stability, progress of Bida Emirate, Niger state and nation at large.
“Prayers during this holy month will help our leaders and the security agents to overcome all these devilish acts that is bedeviling our country,” he said.
Abubakar warned Islamic preachers against inciting comments that could provoke public disturbance.
“Religious preachings during this period should be targeted at maintaining harmonious relationship among the people and nothing should be done to divide the people,” the Etsu Nupe said.
Abubakar stressed that harmonious relationship among people should always be promoted to enhance peace, unity and progress of every community.
The traditional ruler urged the clerics to strive to be shining examples in their utterances and deeds at all times.
He appealed to wealthy Nigerians to always assist the less privileged in the society by providing them with food items and cash to tease their hardships.
He said: “People should use their God-given wealth to assist the poor and the widows.
“This will go a long way to alleviate their sufferings during this Holy Month of Ramadan.”
Similarly, the Chief Imam of Bida, Sheikh Adamu Liman-Yakatun, urged Muslims to fear Allah and always remember the day of reckoning.
Liman-Yakatun appealed to wealthy individuals to assist in feeding the less privileged to cushion the effect of fasting on them.
“Muslims should spend their God given wealth in the cause of moving the religion forward, rather than saving them in bank accounts that will not add any value spiritually,” he said.