From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Chairman Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has called on Muslim Ummah to use the period of fasting to pray for Allah’s guidance, protection and peaceful co-existence by Nigerians.
The Forum Chairman, whose position is contained in a statement signed in Minna by his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Israel A. Ebije, has said that Nigeria is a great country that must overcome its social, political and economic challenges to attain its position as a nation on the path of development and leadership on the African continent.
He, therefore, urged Muslims to use the period to reflect on the past, evaluate the present and project into the future adding that presently all is not well with Nigeria especially in the area of collective aspiration, socio-political trust and most importantly security of lives and property.
“We must use this period to pray for peace. We must ask Allah to first forgive our sins, then show us the best path to follow in dealing with our differences as a people. We have to go spiritual in ending insurgency, we have to go spiritual in working for a unified aspiration, we have to go spiritual in bringing back the lost trust and bridging the yawning gap of disunity in Nigeria”.