The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has sent congratulatory message to the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III and all muslims in the country on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri.
Abubakar is the head of Jama’atul Nasril Islam, JNI, and President-General, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA.
According to the Christian body in a letter of May 22, 2020, signed by its General Secretary, Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, and addressed to the Sultan of Sokoto, it noted that “This great yearly spiritual exercise, we believe, is in obedience to the Holy Quran that says, ‘O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous’” (Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183.)
CAN appeals to the Muslims all over the world “to continue to pray for a speedy end of COVID-19 in our country, continent and the entire world, to which the Christian Association of Nigeria is also fully committed.”
“As we appreciate your coming to the end of this year’s Ramadan prayers, we implore you all not to cease from continuously praying for the peace, unity and stability of our country. We wish to encourage Muslims in Nigeria and all over the world to continue to pray for a speedy end of COVID-19 in our country, continent and the entire world, to which the Christian Association of Nigeria is also fully committed,” CAN said.
CAN also commended “Nigerians for their cooperation with the government so far in their attempts being made to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, despite all the inconveniences and hardships.”
The association prayed for a quick recovery of those who are sick, the bereaved and those who lost their loved ones to death due to the attack from the pandemic.
It called on the public to continuously obey the guidelines of the government.
“It is our prayer that all those who are sick of the pandemic will recover very soon and that those who have lost their loved ones to the cold hands of death will be comforted by the Almighty God. May God help us all to continue to keep to the rules and regulations which the government has put in place to stop the spread of the pandemic! We also pray that all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations and ethnic identities, will continue to live righteously and harmoniously even after this annual spiritual exercise.
“Finally, we wish Your Eminence, the Muslim faithful and indeed the Federal Republic Nigeria, Happy Eid-el-Fitri. God bless you!”