*lauds Muslims over end of Ramadan fasting
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter on Tuesday tasked religious leaders across Nigeria to pray for the country to survive COVID-19 pandemic hardships.
CAN gave the charge in a congratulatory message signed by the Oyo State Chairman of the association, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu to Muslims in Oyo State and across the country on the successful completion of this year Ramadan fasting.
Pastor Akanmu pointed out that there is the need for religious leaders across Nigeria to start leading by example in the on going fight against the spread of CoronaVirus by joining hands with the government in the measures put in place to curtail and contain spread of COVID-19.
“I will love to implore you all to continue to pray for our state and Nigeria as a nation to ensure that the country survive the hardship ushered in by the Covid-19 pandemic. We as religious leaders should also not forget to continue to lead by example”, he said.
The CAN Chairman while stressing that “moreso, we are directed by God to honour and obey the laws of the land as well as those in authority,” added, “we must not relent in contributing to the religious harmony enjoyed in the state while also praying for the nation.”
Emphasizing the need for ” all to be patient with the government and support every efforts put in place to drive COVID-19 out of Nigeria”, Pastor Akanmu said, “with collective efforts of all, we can successfully put the stubborn virus out of Nigeria”.
The Oyo CAN Chairman in the statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, lauded the Muslims in the state for complying with government directives on Eid-el-Fitr celebration during the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) pandemic by observing eid-el-fitri prayer in their various homes in compliance with government directives.
“On behalf of the entire Christians in Oyo State, I congratulate all Muslims throughout the world, particularly those in Oyo State on the Eid-el- Fitri celebration. I pray God Almighty accept all our prayers and grant everyone more grace to witness more of it in good health,” Akanmu prayed.
Pastor Akanmu who described as highly commendable the obedience to the directives on public gathering which signified the humility in Yoruba culture, urged Muslims to always apply the lesson learnt during the holy month to every aspects of their lives and relationship with other people.
The CAN Chairman called on Muslims and adherents of other religions to live in love, peace and harmony with one another and that there is the need for both Muslims and Christians to comply with the restriction orders as well as other guidelines reeled out by the government.