IKOLE EKITI – Muslims in Ikole Ekiti, Ekiti, on Sunday, said they would channel their prayers toward peaceful conduct of the 2015 general elections in the country as the 2014 holy month of Ramadan begun.
The annual Muslim fast of 29 or 30 days which is one of the five pillars of Islam commenced on June 28.
A cross section of Muslims told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikole-Ekiti that the holy month of fasting for Muslims was a month for total supplication and submission to the will of Allah.
According to Alhaji Moshood Adefila, a resident, this year’s Ramadan is the last one to be observed before the 2015 general elections in the country and it is very important to pray for a violence-free poll.
He said “it is important for every Muslim to use the Ramadan period to pray for a violence-free poll in 2015.
“That is why we all have to channel our prayers toward it so that Nigerians will continue to live in peace and harmony.’’
Another Muslim resident, Malam Yisa Mohammed, said that the insecurity bedevilling part of the country called for fervent prayers by the citizenry and urged Muslims to seek the face of Allah ahead of the 2015 elections.
Mohammed said it was the prayers of all and sundry that made the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti successful and violence-free, saying the whole country would witness peaceful poll with the power of prayer.
On her part, Alhaja Abolaji Adeleke, said that the women wing of the Central Mosque, Ikole town, planned to conduct special prayer sessions for 2015 elections on daily basis throughout the fasting period.
Adeleke, who expressed concern over the insecurity situation in the country, blamed the unfortunate trend to inadequate prayers.
She assured that Allah was capable of bringing back the nation’s lost glory if citizens prayed to Him ceaselessly.
Mrs Abibat Olagunju also pledged to use the fasting period to pray for the nation’s leaders so that they would lead the citizens right and do what would make the unity of the country stronger beyond 2015.
Olagunju urged Muslims across the country to include the 2015 elections in their prayers so that the challenges of insurgency in the North and other challenges in the country would be spiritually tackled. (NAN)