President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Muslims to pray for the peace, progress and prosperity of Nigeria.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Buhari said Islam is a religion of peace that upholds the values of tolerance and mutual coexistence without a place for hatred and violence.
The President also called for religious harmony in the country, stressing the need for Muslims to use the fasting period to build a relationship of friendship with fellow citizens of other faith.
He also prayed for the continued peace, progress, and the wellbeing of the country.
In a similar vein, Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has charged all Muslims to pray for Nigeria as the month of fasting (Ramadan) commences.
The fasting which is observed yearly by Muslims worldwide commenced on Monday and the former VP urged Nigerians to take advantage of the period to pray for peace in the nation.
In a statement signed by him on Monday, Atiku also called on Nigerian Muslims to imbibe the qualities of discipline, abstinence, prayer and self-sacrifice.