Muslim group begs Boko Haram to cease fire during Ramadan

An Islamic group, the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), Wednesday, called on the militant sect, Boko Haram, to shelve its attacks, in the spirit of Ramadan.

The group made the appeal in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, to mark the Ramadan period; stressing that the violent organization should henceforth apply a non-violent option.

In the statement, signed by its National President, Kamal’Ddin Akintunde, the organisation  urged “the militia especially, the Boko Haram to cease fire in the spirit of the fourth pillar of Islam and apply a non-violent option by extending an olive branch to government and embrace dialogue in the interest of humanity and our children.”

Mr. Akintunde also called on Nigerian Muslims to pray fervently for the country in order to overcome her multiple challenges, especially insecurity. 

‘Ramadan is characterized by spiritual undertakings, abstainess and great devotions and therefore behooves Muslims and other Nigerian faithful to reflect on the state of the Nation, via seeking of Allah’s mercy and favours on our leaders and our environment,” he said.

The group also urged leaders to give good accounts of themselves, through sincere and complete rejuvenation of body, soul, and attitude, on all aspects of their endeavors, by providing good governance.

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The organisation lauded the Lagos State Government and its own Lagos State chapter for their actions in finding its former National Publicity Secretary, Rasak Gawat.

‘NACOMYO appreciates the concern of Nigerians on Gawat, including Lagos State Government’s action and that of the security agencies.  It passionately appeals to Muslims to sustain their prayers for Allah’s intervention to find the former Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) staff-presenter,” the statement said.

Mr. Gawat, who is renowned for an Islamic programme he presents during Ramadan, has been declared missing for a week after he drove out of his Lagos home on Tuesday. His car was later found by the police.



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