The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it is rejoicing and congratulating the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar 111, Chief of Jama'atul Nasril Islam (NYI) and General President , Nigeria's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and all Nigerian Muslim faithful after the successful completion of this year's Ramadan.
In a letter addressed to the Sultan, CAN said that it believes that the great annual spiritual exercise is in obedience to the Holy Quran which says: "O you who believed, you decreed on yourself fasting as it was decreed on those who are before you, so that you may be righteous" – Surat Al-Baqarah 2: 183.
While the Christian body said it appreciates the end of Ramadan prayers this year, however, it has pleaded with all Muslims to continue to pray continually for the peace, unity and stability of the country.
“We wish to encourage Muslims in Nigeria and around the world to continue to pray for the rapid end of COVID-19 in our country, continent and around the world, to which the Christian Association of Nigeria is also fully committed.
“We congratulate Nigerians for their cooperation with the government so far in their attempts to reduce the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, despite all the inconveniences and difficulties. It is our prayer that all who are sick from the pandemic will recover very soon and that those who have lost their loved ones in the cold hands of death will be comforted by Almighty God.
“May God help us all to continue to abide by the rules and regulations that the government has created to prevent the spread of the pandemic! We also pray that all Nigerians, regardless of their religious affiliations and ethnic identities, will continue to live fairly and harmoniously, even after this annual spiritual exercise.
“Finally, we wish you Your Eminence, the Muslim faithful and, indeed, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Happy Id el Fitri. God bless you!," the letter signed by attorney Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN's general secretary, is partially read.