In his message to the nation on the beginning of the Ramadan, the President stated that fasting was not just merely meant to stay hungry or thirsty, but an opportunity to strive for inner purification and self-accountability.
“It is meant to inculcate righteousness and discipline,” he said in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu.
Buhari enjoined fasting Muslims to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.
“He says the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during this period, and urges Muslims in the country and all over the world to copy the good example.
“He calls on Muslims and all Nigerians to always remember men and women who are less fortunate than themselves and to help the government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.
“The President prays Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period”, the statement added.
Muslims in Nigeria began their fast today after the Sultan of Sokoto in person of Dr Sa’ad Abubakar III announced the sighting of the moon and declared that Thursday, 17th of May 2018 corresponds to the 1st Ramadan 1439 A.H.
He stated this during a broadcast on Garkuuwa which was simultaneously broadcasted too on Riwa Radio station.