The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, said prayers remained the most plausible solutions to the seemingly intractable security and other related challenges in the country.
“The seemingly intractable security challenges as epitomised in Boko Haram insurgency and the upsurge of armed banditry, kidnappings would be overcome through ceaseless and fervent prayers by Muslims in this holy month of Ramadan,” the monarch said.
Alhaji Abubakar stated this during Ramadan Tafsir sermon in his Wadata palace in Bida, Niger state Sunday.
The monarch explained that with prayers the current security, socio-economic and other challenges facing the country could be divinely solved.
He said that the ongoing Ramadan fast was the most auspicious period to offer prayers for Almighty God in his infinite mercies to provide sustainable solutions to problems plaguing the nation.
The royal father urged Muslims in his domain and the country at large to use the holy month to pray fervently for peaceful coexistence as well as seek Allah’s merciful face for the stability, progress of Bida emirate, Niger state and indeed Nigeria.
“Prayers during this holy month will help our leaders and the security agents to overcome all these devilish acts bedevilling our country,” he said.
He warned Islamic preachers against inciting sermons that could pitch the public against each other.
He said, “Religious preaching during this period should be targeted at maintaining harmonious relationship among the people and nothing should be done to divide the people”.
Alhaji Abubakar disclosed that harmonious relationship among people should always be promoted to enhance peace, unity and progress of Nupe Kingdom, Niger state and indeed Nigeria.
The traditional ruler told the clerics of the importanc of their roles as representatives of God Almighty, adding that they should always be shining examples both in words and in deeds.
He appealed to wealthy Nigerians to always assist the less privileged in the society with food items, money for them to do the fasting with ease.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Bida, Sheikh Adamu Liman-Yakatun, warned all and sundry to have the fear of God in their minds and to always remember the day of reckoning.