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.