Mrs Salamatu Al-makura, the wife of Nasarawa State governor, has appealed to wealthy individuals to give succour to the needy and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Al-Makura, who made the call at a Ramadan Lecture in Lafia on Tuesday, said such succour is necessary to alleviate suffering of the less privileged citizens.
She urged people to appreciate the little they had and help the needy to live a meaningful life in the society.
“The Ramadan period is not only for prayer and fasting, but a season to give alms to the needy and the less privileged in the society in order to improve on their standard of living.
“I believe that every Muslim is aware that Ramadan is a period to pray, fast and to seek for Allah’s forgiveness if one has done wrong.
“It is also a season to show love, charity and to extend hands of friendship to the less privileged in the society.
“I appeal to wealthy Nigerians to pray and assist the less privileged and those displaced as a result of the lingering security challenges in some parts of the country.
“It is time for us to show the Internally Displaced Persons that we love and care for them by assisting them with relief materials.
“God will surely bless anyone who assists the IDPs and the less privileged.
“People should use their God-given wealth to assist the poor and the widows; this will go a long way to alleviate their sufferings during this Holy Month of Ramadan,” she emphasised.
The governor’s wife also noted that security challenges such as insurgency, banditry and kidnapping would be overcome through ceaseless and fervent prayers by the Muslim faithful in the holy month of Ramadan.
Al-Makura said the ongoing Ramadan fast was the most auspicious period to offer prayers to Almighty God to provide lasting solutions to the problems facing the country.
She urged Muslims in Nasarawa State and the country at large to use the holy month to pray fervently for peaceful co-existence, stability, progress of the state and nation at large.
“Prayers during this holy month and after the fasting will help our leaders and the security agents to overcome all these devilish acts that are bedeviling our country,” she said.
The governor’s wife also called on Nigerians to always say the truth and stay by it, saying that by so doing, they would be helping to develop the society.
She called on people in leadership positions to always justify the confidence reposed on them by initiating people-oriented projects.