The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola has enjoined Nigerian Muslims to ensure that they engage in prayers that would bring an end to the negative remarks and comments from some individuals and bodies within the society that are major threats to the country’s existence.
A statement released by the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, on Sunday, stressed that the lessons which have been learned from the one month Ramadan fast which they have engaged in should not be put aside.
Governor Aregbesola asked Muslims to engage in prayers that would ultimately result in Nigeria’s redemption so that the country wouldn’t be plunged into any socio-economic crisis. Governor Aregbesola stated:
“Ramadan fasting has come to an end and we are grateful to God for this. We wish to admonish our people on the need to sustain the higher moral altitude they attained while the fasting lasted. The point is that this is needed for Nigeria to navigate the current turbulent waters and achieve stability.
“It is our belief that the current tension associated with unending hate speeches and threats in our country can be resolved through prayers. We, therefore, need prayers to keep Nigeria a united, prosperous entity and we can only do this if we rededicate ourselves to God”
In the same vein, the All Progressives Congress’ candidate in the Osun-West senatorial district election which has been scheduled to hold on July 8, Senator Mudashiru Husain, has also advised Muslims specifically, and the Nigerian populace to maximize the benefits of the spiritual rebirth that Ramadan represents, which is to promote peace, love, justice and also reflect on the importance of unity in the country.
His statement which was issued on Sunday advised that Muslims resident in the state and the country should endeavor to promote peace regularly. He said:
“Let’s tolerate one another, work together and be able to harness our abundant resources as a progressive nation. We cannot achieve much with unnecessary disharmony. What Nigerians need now is to move forward.”
“Let us seize this opportunity to pray for peace, unity and progress of our fatherland, President Buhari’s health and the state government of Osun to be able to lead us to better days ahead.”
The Osun State House of Assembly being headed by the Speaker, Najeem Salaam also felicitated with all Muslims as they engage in the celebration of their Eid-al-Fitri festival, whilst advising them to ensure that they retain the lessons that have been learned from the Ramadan season, which comprise the following virtues namely; benevolence, patience, perseverance and love to one another.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye also expressed hope that the successful completion of the Ramadan fasting had caused a significant increase in the faith and dedication of believers