As Nigerians join all other Muslim Ummah across the world as they commence fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and former Aspirant Ibadan South-East and North East Federal Constituency in Oyo state, Dr Kazeem Adesina Abidikugu has admonished Muslims to ensure that the teachings of the holy month reflect in their character during and after the Ramadan.
Abidikugu, a Nigerian UK-based medical consultant said fasting is not merely meant to stay hungry or thirsty, but an opportunity to strive for inner purification, self-accountability and inculcation of righteousness and discipline.
Former Rep Aspirant enjoined fasting Muslims to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.
Abidikugu explained that the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during this period, and urges Muslims in the state, and country at large to emulate the good example.
He called on Muslims and all Nigerians to always remember the masses who are less fortunate than themselves and to help the government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.
He prayed to Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting period.
According to him, “I want to urge Muslims nationwide to use this holy month of Ramadan to plead with Allah for forgiveness, I want to urge us again that we should not to return to our sins after 29 or 30 days fasting, and act of disobedience to the teachings of Islam and the law of the land.
“And I want to task our leaders to have greater concern for the poor if they can recognise the spiritual core of man and give no room for senseless materialism, greed and primitive accumulation of wealth.
“If spiritual core of man is recognised, it could lead to a better perspective about life, there would be no room for senseless materialism, greed and primitive accumulation of wealth. Rather, there would be greater concern for the poor”.