Ahead of the start of this year’s Ramadan Fast by Muslims across the world, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called on Muslim clerics in the state to preach love, peace and decencies in their Ramadan tafsir sermons.
The governor spoke at the start of a two-day symposium, a prelude to next week’s start of the month long annual Ramadan Fast by Muslim faithful.
The symposium was organized by the state Bureau for Religious Affairs. It is an annual programme for ulamas and clerics. It was held in Minna.
He cautioned that maturity, God fearing and moral rectitude must be adhered to by all persons leading daily tafsir sermons in accordance with the precepts of Allah.
Governor Sani Bello who was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso, stressed that the Ramadan tafsir sermons should be deviod of invectives, intolerance, unprintable words and provocations.
He used the occasion to call on Muslim clerics to herp on awareness against the activities of armed bandits and criminalities that were now rampant across the country.
He noted with concern the escalation in banditry in the country and asked religious leaders to preach against the sad development in their daily tafsir messages.
He asked them to use religious worship places to condemn the rise in criminalities and dangerous elements. He called on Muslim stakeholders to assist in preaching against the development and pray for Nigeria.
The governor tasked all Muslim clerics to shun the use of inflammatory languages in their tafsir sermons adding that the Ramadan fast period was meant to bolster love, unity, peaceful coexistence and the propagation of the religion of Islam.
The governor cautioned that the Ramadan fast period is not a time to stir up inflammatory languages that are capable of causing disaffection and crisis.
And while wishing all Muslim faithful in the state a peaceful Ramadan fast, the governor tasked all Muslim faithful to respect constituted authorities and abide by the teachings of Prophet Mohammed, (SWT).
Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Sabo assured of the command’s preparedness to guarantee safety across the state throughout the Ramadan period. The Commissioner of Police was represented at the occasion by Yakubu Tahir, a Superintendent of Police.
Director General of the state’s Bureau for Religious Affairs, Shiek Faruq Umar Abdallah had in his address of welcome, explained that the symposium was organized to sensitise Muslim clerics on the need for them to preach what is contained in the holy Qur’an during the Ramadan tafsir.