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Ramadan: Refrain from provocative sermons, NOA urges clerics

 The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Kwara  has advised clerics  to refrain from  provocative sermons  during the ongoing Ramadan.

Mrs Comfort Ajiboye, the Agency’s Director of Mobilisation in Irepodun Local Government Area  of Kwara,  gave the advice in an interview  in Omu-Aran on Thursday.

Ajibade described  the clerics as representatives  of God on earth, saying they ought to “ strive to be shining examples in both in words and deeds.’’

She reminded  the clerics that religious teachings  during the Ramadan should be targeted at promoting  national development.

According to her, teachings  should also be targeted at ensuring cordial and harmonious relationship among the people.

“We should be united rather than be divided in our quest to achieve a developed statehood.

“Anything contrary will jeopardise the government’s efforts toward ensuring even distribution of the dividends of democracy to the nooks and crannies of the country,” she said.

Ajibade called on Muslims in the country to reflect on the significance of the period  and  pray for  peace, unity and progress.

“With ceaseless and fervent prayers during this month of  Ramadan, by God’s grace,  our security and socio-economic challenges will be over,” she said

The NOA boss urged Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of   tolerance and peaceful co-existence to ensure the sustenance of the nation’s democratic system.

Ajibade also appealed to traders, especially food stuff vendors, not to latch  on the Ramadan period by increasing the prices of their commodities.


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