President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a goodwill message to Nigerian to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

Muslims in Nigeria commenced the 30 days of Ramadan fasting today (Thursday).

In his goodwill message signed by Garba Shehu, his spokesman, President Buhari urged Muslims “to use this opportunity to put the best teachings of Islam into practice, such as kindness and the love of humanity”.

“This is an occasion for deep reflection and greater fear of Allah and avoidance of all evils that harm humanity.”

He urged traders not to hike the prices of food items artificially, saying it is against the spirit of Islam.

He said, “As we begin this 30-day fasting season, let us not forget that Ramadan is not only about abstention from eating and drinking but it is a reminder to refrain from all kinds of evil and transgressions that harm humanity.

“I am particularly aware of the activities of traders, who artificially increase the prices of their goods including food at the beginning of every month of Ramadan. This kind of exploitation is against the spirit of Ramadan and the spirit of Islam.”

“The Ramadan is characterised by abstention from food and drinks from dawn to dusk, which brings both the rich and poor to share the experience of hunger together, thereby strengthening the bonds between haves and have-nots.

“While we are observing this important month in the spiritual life of Muslims, let us share food and drinks with the less fortunate because by sharing our blessings with others, Allah will multiply our rewards for good deeds,” the President added.