By Lola Omowaye, Jubril Bada, Victor Akinkuolie & Adekola Afolabi
Ondo State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Abdulazeez Oluboyo, has urged the Muslim community to continue to imbibe the various lessons and virtues associated with the Ramadan period in their daily lives.
He stated this shortly after prayers to mark the end of Ramadan fasting at the Muslim Prayer Ground along Oda road in Akure, the state capital as he congratulated Muslims in the state for the successful completion of the fasting period.
Oluboyo described the month of Ramadan as a holy month that provides great opportunity for Nigerians to draw nearer to God and jettison all forms of division, violence and bitterness.
He urged Muslims to forgive one another and promote peaceful coexistence in the country.
The deputy governor charged Nigerians to continue to work and pray for peace, “particularly during this period of economic recession across the globe,” adding that prayers for government at all levels is crucial to alleviate poverty among the masses.
He called on all Muslims across the state to intensify prayers for the success of the present administration in its bid to move the state to greater height in the years ahead.
Also speaking, wife of the deputy governor, Alhaja Fatimat Oluboyo, thanked Allah for the successful completion of the Ramadan and prayed that all the prayers offered during the period would receive speedy answers.
She enjoined the people of the state to continue to pray for the Mimiko – led administration and the state in general to witness more peace, development and progress to the benefit of all residents.
Mrs. Oluboyo advised women to be patient with their husbands at this period of economic challenges, pray more and work harder to support their families while monitoring the activities of their children. She prayed: “As you celebrate the end of Ramadan, God will fill your homes with eternal joy.”
In his comment during the celebration to mark the end of Ramadan fast in Akure, the Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji Abdulkakeem Yayi-Akorede, thanked the Ondo State government and the labour union for resolving the one month old strike embarked on by the workers in the state amicably.
Yayi-Akorede noted that the strike revealed the importance of Mother and Child Hospital established by the state government. According to him, the rise in mortality rate during the strike following the inability of the pregnant women to get the medical attention from the hospital and the cost of private hospitals in the state during the strike have lend credence to the importance of the Mother and Child Hospitals in the state.
The Chief Imam further appreciated the State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, for his laudable achievements which he said included Mega Schools in almost every local government in the state and other ongoing read projects, urging him to make it a priority to complete the ongoing projects and fulfill his promises to the state.
The cleric also in his address urged the Federal Government to release the relief fund promised some states in order to assist them to offset arrears of salaries owed workers without difficulty.
He enjoined Muslims to ensure that the lesson and virtues they cultivated during Ramadan season reflect in their daily activities and in dealing with their fellow human beings.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Commissioner for Health, Dr Dayo Adeyanju, has called on the Muslim faithful to hold on to the lessons and virtues of Ramadan and allow the experience reflect on their spiritual wellbeing .
Adeyanju made the call at the prayer ground located at Itanla, Ondo East Local Government area of the state, shortly after participating in the prayer session organised by the Muslim community in the area to mark the end of 30 days Ramadan fasting period.
The commissioner, who also stressed the need for them to always have faith in Almighty Allah and pray fervently, stated that faith in God will bring an enduring solution to the current economic and security challenges confronting the country.
He described Eid-el-Fitri as a special festival, which according to him signifies, the end of the 30-day-long Ramadan fasting, stressing the need for Muslims to use the period to pray for an end of the current insurgency in the nation.
Adeyanju who also used the occasion to appreciate the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko for his leadership traits particularly at ensuring peace, harmony and cooperation among the Muslims and the Christians in the state, prayed for more peace, tranquility and development in the state.
Speaking on the forthcoming gubernatorial election slated for November 26, 2016, Adeyanju described the election as crucial in the life of every individual in the state, particularly the Muslims, and called on the residents not to be distracted by politicians who he called selfish and do not have anything to offer for the development of the state.
He admonished them to vote for the candidate of their choice during the exercise without any fear or intimidation, explaining that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would continue to offer good leadership in the state and establish good programmes that would affect the lives of the citizenry in positive ways.
Earlier in an interview with journalists, the Chairman, Grand-mufti for Supreme Council Islamic Affairs, Ondo state chapter, Alhaji Bashir Allimi, congratulated the Muslims on the celebration which he described as a mark of appreciation to the Almighty Allah.
Alhaji Alimi who is also the Vice-Chairman Ondo State League of Imam and Alfas, lamented the spate of insecurity and economic hardship in the country which he said are becoming too harsh in ravaging the country. The cleric urged fervent prayer among the Muslims and their Christians counterparts as the only solution to the menacing trend.