As Muslims end the Ramadan fast, Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara have urged the faithful to pray for the unity and peaceful co-existence among all ethnic groups in the country
The Lagos State governor,Akinwunmi Ambode in his Eid-el-Fitri message, signed by Mr. Habib Aruna, his Chief Press Secretary, said it was only by embracing peace, unity, and fairness that Nigerians could begin a rebirth, urging them to imbibe the tenets of love, tolerance, forgiveness and brotherhood which the period of the holy month exemplifies.
According to him, Nigeria could overcome the numerous challenges confronting her with brotherly love to one another.
He said: “As we celebrate this auspicious occasion of the end of the holy month of Ramadan, therefore, let us renew our faith in our nation and implore the Almighty God to restore to us those values that place high premium on human life, love for our country, love for our neighbour and sharing even as we ventilate our faith in the unity of our dear country and the possibility of her taking her proper place in the comity of nations.
“The spirit of Eid-el-Fitri resonate around the virtues of love and respect not just for God, but also for fellow humans, it is only in the spirit of brotherly love and dedication to national service that Nigerians could build the desired nation.
“In the last three years, despite the seeming economic challenges, the nation had witnessed the appreciable level of development even as we hope that more could be achieved if all hands are on deck.”
Consequently, Governor Ajimobi in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy Bolaji Tunji encouraged Muslims to imbibe the teachings of the Prophet Muhammed on the essence of Ramadan fast.
He congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the month-long fast and urged them to shun 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.
“Besides, it is important for us to move closer to Allah, even after the Eid-el-Fitr 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 three 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,’’ he said.
Also, Governor Ahmed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, advised Muslims in Kwara to remain connected to the virtues of love, compassion and generosity.
Ahmed urged the people of the state to be law-abiding and pray for offa robbery victims even as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri.
“As we mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, let’s remember and pray for our brothers and sisters who were unfortunate victims of the Offa robbery.
“Let’s remember their families, friends and associates in our prayers and generosity,’’ he noted.
The governor also urged Nigerians to pray for a peaceful political transition in 2019.
He stressed the need for unity and commitment by all stakeholders as his administration worked to ensure equitable distribution of infrastructure and amenities across the state.