By: BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday urged Nigerians especially the Muslims to pray for the unity and peaceful co-existence of the country’s ethnic groups as they celebrates this year’s Eid-el Fitri festivities.
The governor stated in his congratulatory message by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, to the Muslim community in the country on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fasting made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
In doing this, the governor emphasized the need for “spiritual rebirth among the Islamic faithful,” by imbibing the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammed on the essence of Ramadan fasting and stay away from divisive tendencies capable of drawing back the country’s wheel of progress.
“Since Ramadan fasting symbolises spiritual rejuvenation, it is expected that our Muslim brothers and sisters will continue to adhere to the teachings of Prophet Muhammed. Part of this is to be our brother’s keepers and ensure service to humanity.” he said.
The governor while praying that Allah should accept the Muslim faithful supplications, even beyond the Ramadan period advised them to continue praying for Nigeria as a country.
“It is important for us to move closer to Allah, even after the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations and eschew things that are against His will and commandment. We should not be tempted to go back to sinful habits. Leaders in all the tiers of government also deserve to be assisted with prayers so that they can lead us aright and move the country forward in all ramifications.”
Governor Ajimobi however commended the spirit of oneness and peaceful co-existence among all religious adherents in the state, urging them to sustain the tempo so that his administration would have ample time to concentrate on its efforts at repositioning the state