Bishop Martins Uzuokwu, Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, on Saturday cautioned traders against increasing the prices of essential commodities indiscriminately during and after the Ramadan period.
Uzuokwu told journalist in Minna that the abundant benefits associated with the holy month of Ramadan cannot be over emphasized.
He said that there was the need for traders to demonstrate kindness during and after Ramadan, especially for the less privileged in the society.
“The Diocese has reached out to its followers, who are traders not to increase prices of essential items indiscriminately during and after the Ramadan in order to get Allah’s blessings.
“Ramadan period is not only a period to pray and fast. Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking,” he said.
“Ramadan period is a period for Muslims to re-evaluate their lives in the light of Islamic guidance and to shun sinful acts.”
The period is characterised with abundant blessings and it is only when a believer adheres strictly to the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the tenets of the holy month that he will get Allah’s abundant blessings.
He also enjoined Muslims to use the period to pray for peaceful co-existence among the diverse ethnic, religious and political groups for the growth of the country.
He called for more religious tolerance and understanding for peace, progress and political stability in the country.