Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says he is always concerned that people seek to make brisk profits by hiking food prices as soon as the month of Ramadan commences.
Buhari said this on Sunday night in his Ramadan message to Nigerian Muslims, which was made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The president called on Muslim traders, businessmen and women as well as civil servants and political office holders to use the month of Ramadan to seek forgiveness of God by abandoning wrong practices for personal gains at the expense of others.
According to him, the month of Ramadan is a period of spiritual re-awakening which demands not only abstention from food and drinks, but also from all wrongdoings.
The president also advised Muslims to use the period of Ramadan as a great opportunity for seeking forgiveness and getting closer to Allah through ibadah (worship) and good deeds.
Buhari, who said a religion should serve as a moral restraint from bad practices, regretted that those stealing national resources were merely paying lip service to religion.
The president specifically admonished those holding positions of trust “to primarily remember that they will be accountable one day, either on the surface of the earth or in the hereafter.”
He assured that his administration was working towards bringing relief to Nigerians through palliative measures and faithful implementation of the 2016 budget.
The president also stated that no elected government would intentionally want you to make life difficult for the people that gave it the mandate to serve them.