The Nigerian Islamic leader congratulated the countries Christian Community.
The Sultan of Sokoto and head of the Nigerian Muslim Community, Sa'ad Abubakar, has congratulated Nigerian Christians on the beginning of Lent.
This is contained in a statement on Tuesday by Is-haq Oloyede, on behalf of the Sultan and the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, headed by Mr. Abubakar.
The statement, dated February 13, and addressed to the President of the Christian association of Nigeria, CAN, congratulated Nigerian Christians "on the auspicious occasion of Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent."
The statement wished the CAN President "and our Christian brothers and sisters all over the country a fulfilling spiritual experience during the period and beyond.
Mr. Oloyede also prayed "that God Almighty continue to increase us all in faith, love and peace to be able to achieve our collective destiny as a single nation committed to His will."
He linked the Lent season to Nigeria's recent soccer success saying "it is remarkable that the blessing of this important period coincides with the high spirits and joy among Nigerians occasioned by the victory of the national football team, the Super Eagles, as the champions of the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations."
"It is my prayer that, as Lent offers an opportunity for spiritual rebirth and rejuvenation just as the football victory is indicative of promise and hope for the nation, God will continue to support you and all Nigerians to attain higher levels of achievement for the progress of our great nation," the statement added.