He urged Nigerians to use the opportunity of Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray fervently for the country.
He said that good leaders would be dedicated to the welfare of the citizens and, therefore, were worth praying fervently for.
“This period brings forth a message of peace, sacrifice, tolerance and sharing with others, and these are the lessons Muslims are supposed to learn during Ramadan.
“The lesson for all Muslims and non Muslims alike is that we must shun evil acts.
“We are facing a critical period – elections; one of the obligations of Muslims is to pray for the nation.
“We must continue in our prayers for the nation, we should pray that during elections, Allah will help us to bring forth the best of leaders that will be sympathetic to our course and committed to the development of the country,” he said.
The professor also urged Nigerians to pray that God would tackle all other challenges of the nation.
Abikan noted that Ramadan was a period for Muslims to learn to improve in relationship with God and man.
“This training undertaken in one full month is expected to last Muslims for another 11 months before the next Ramadan.
“During Eid, we are also expected to continue our acts of charity and alms-giving to both Muslims and non Muslims, and to feel what the less privileged are feeling,” he said.
Abikan called for peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians irrespective of religion, tribe and social status.