Former Abia State Governor and Senator-elect, Abia North Senatorial District, Dr. Orji Kalu, has called on Muslim faithful to use the holy month of Ramadan to offer prayers for the country.
Acknowledging the peaceful co-existence among people of various religious faiths in Nigeria, the former governor urged Nigerians to imbibe the act of alms-giving, brotherliness and piety in their daily endeavours.
Kalu, while urging the Muslim community to uphold the teachings of the holy Quran, stressed that the holy month of Ramadan should be dedicated to service to God and humanity.
In a statement issued on Sunday and signed by his media office, the Senator-elect wished the Muslim Ummah across the globe a spiritually-fulfilling exercise, adding that the holy month of Ramadan calls for self-appraisal and sober reflection.
He said: “I join our Muslim brothers and sisters across the globe to usher in the holy month of Ramadan.
“It is a special and sacred month in the Islamic calendar.
“It is a period Muslims must rededicate themselves to the service of God.
“Let us use this season to advocate good causes by embracing the teachings of the holy Quran.
“The qualities of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) must be emulated.
“We must demonstrate love, charity, selflessness, patriotism, religious and tolerance in our daily activities during this season and beyond.
“The holy month of Ramadan should be dedicated to intensive prayers for Nigeria.”
The former governor, while calling on Muslim faithful to follow the doctrine of Islam as encapsulated in the holy Quran, urged Nigerians to live in peace and harmony regardless of religious differences.
Kalu, in wishing the Muslim community a successful Ramadan, urged them to extend the merriment of the holy month to friends and families of other religious faiths.