*urges Muslim faithful to reflect the spiritual benefits of Ramadan
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Tuesday charged Nigerians irrespective of their religious affiliations to pray for an end to the insecurity in the country.
The governor in a congratulatory message Muslims in Oyo State and across Nigeria on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri. stressed that there is the need for fervent prayers by all and sundry for divine intervention on the insecurity situation
Governor Makinde in the message signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Taiwo Adisa, also tasked Muslim faithful in and across Oyo state and Nigerians to reflect the spiritual benefits of Ramadan, which include love, peace and justice in their daily living and through this, contribute to the development of the nation.
” It is a thing of joy that Muslims and non-Muslims have witnessed another celebration of Eid-el-Fitri, calling for prayers to end insecurity in the country. On behalf of the government and people of Oyo State, I felicitate with our Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr after completion of the Ramadan fast, a major pillar of Islam”, he said.
The governor added, ” It is impressive that the Ramadan fast was observed most devotedly amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the relevant government regulations observed by the Muslim faithful in the state”. ” The Holy month of Ramadan is an opportunity for our Muslim brothers and sisters to deepen their relationship with Allah (SWT), promote a life of sacrifice, charity and love for one another.There is no better time to show love and togetherness than now when we are joining forces in battling a common enemy. This is why it is remarkable that the bond among our people is growing amid these very difficult times.”
He then urged Muslims not to depart from their good ways exhibited during the 30 days of spiritual exercise, which had drawn them closer to almighty Allah (SWT) with a lot of lessons learnt in the process, Gov Makinde urged all Nigerians to be law-abiding and to embrace the spirit of love, self-discipline, kindness and tolerance as taught by the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
The governor while charging the residents of the state to celebrate in moderation and show love to one another, pointed out that the current situation in the country has made it imperative for Muslims and non-Muslims to live in peace and harmony and to seek the face of God in prayer for divine intervention.