By Mohammed Baba Busu
The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahya Abubakar, has admonished Nigerians to return to God for divine intervention in the current global coronavirus pandemic.
Abubakar, the Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, spoke when he addressed a selected group of Islamic preachers and Imams of Juma’at mosques drawn from across the kingdom in his Palace on Wednesday in Bida, Niger State.
Alhaji Abubakar advised that with fervent prayers by both the muslim Ummah and adherents of other religions in the country, Almighty God would certainly end the pandemic.
The monarch said that the last 10 days of the Holy month of Ramadan was the most auspicious time to pray against calamities and for peace, unity and socio-economic prosperity of Nigeria.
The Royal father also urged the Muslim faithful to sustain the noble lessons learnt during the current month of Ramadan.
He said the lessons included patience, piety, perseverance, Philanthropy as well as good neighbourliness.
“We should strive to maintain our God-fearing acts which we exhibited during the fasting period.
“As Muslims, we must strive to maintain all the good deeds we showed during the fasting period and shun the evil and devilish acts we abstained from during the holy month.
“Such good behaviours include abstaining from adultery, cheating, stealing, alcoholism, drug abuse and other secret sins.
“I pray that almighty Allah accepts our prayers and the Ramadan fast and urge the Muslim Ummah never to return to abominable acts after the fast.”
The monarch said it was only with the fear of Allah that Muslims would meet their needs and enjoy their possessions on earth.
He appealed to well-to-do Muslims in the country to assist the less privileged with food items and other basic needs.
He also urged Muslims to always pray for national peace, progress and
tolerate one another for sustained unity in the country.
He noted that the two major religions in the country preached peace, unity and love, stressing that without peace and unity, socio-economic development would continue to elude any society devoid of it.
The royal father called on leaders at all levels to lead the people with the fear of God, saying “leaders should always remember that they would all account for their deeds on the day of reckoning