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Ramadan: Makinde, Abiodun, Oyetola, Tinubu, greet muslims, call for prayers

By Rotimi Agboluaje, (Ibadan) and Osiberoha Osibe, (Awka)
03 April 2022   |   3:43 am
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, felicitated Muslims in the state and across the country, for witnessing, yet another, Ramadan fasting.

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, felicitated Muslims in the state and across the country, for witnessing, yet another, Ramadan fasting.

Makinde, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, urged Muslim faithful to pray relentlessly during the period. He specifically asked Muslims to beseech the Almighty Allah to show mercy on Nigerians at this time.

The governor said Muslims must embrace the piety demanded of them during Ramadan, and ask Allah to put an end to insurgency, which has ravaged the country.

Makinde enjoined Muslims to use the month-long fasting period to pray for peace in the country. Also, Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, congratulated Muslims in the country and Ogun in particular, on the beginning of Ramadan.

Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, described month of Ramadan as one with abundant mercy of Allah, acceptance of prayers and forgiveness, calling on the faithful to use the opportunity to pray for the nation and the state.

Osun State Governor , Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, congratulated Muslims in the state and around the world, on the commencement of the holy month.

The governor’s message was posted, yesterday, on his official Facebook page. Oyetola said the month provided a unique opportunity for Muslims to strengthen their faith in Allah and spread kindness in the land.

He said: “Let’s be reminded that the essence of fasting in the month of Ramadan, as Allah noted in Qur’an 2 vs 183, is for us to attain taqwa (piety). We should, therefore, endeavour to make the most of this month by strengthening our commitment to the service of our creator, Allah and humanity…”

In the same vain, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu greeted his Muslim brothers and sisters in Nigeria and around the world on the commencement and observation of the holy month of Ramadan.

He said: “This blessed month asks of us certain sacrifices and these sacrifices are rich in significance and meaning. They are intended to increase our bond with Allah, and our awareness of our fellow man. As we abstain from food, drink and other material pleasures from dawn to dusk as Ramadan enjoins us to do, let us keep in the forefront of our minds that Ramadan also asks of us to show greater compassion, empathy and understanding and enlightenment in how we treat and relate to one another…”

Abiodun said Muslims should endeavour to supplicate before Allah for Nigeria to overcome its socio-economic and security obstacles.

Meanwhile, the Accord Party’s presidential aspirant for 2023 general elections, Dr. Solomon Uchenna Wining, urged Muslims to use the period to seek God’s intervention on insecurity and other challenges confronting the nation.

Wining advised Muslims to use the period to seek God’s face and forgiveness to heal Nigeria and place the country on the path of peace, unity and prosperity.

He said: “ I entreat our Muslim brothers to pray for Allah to restore Nigeria’s lost peace, unity, and tranquility.”

Makinde said: “It is a thing of joy to note that that our Muslim brothers would be able to gather for Tafsir, Iftar and Tarawih prayers, unlike the recent past, when they were prevented by COVID-19. I enjoin you to use this month of blessings to seek Allah’s forgiveness and to make insurgency a thing of the past.”

He also admonished Muslims to embrace love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence inherent in the messages of the Holy Prophet, while also being their brothers’ keepers.

Wining, in a statement, said: “Fasting is considered to be an act of worship, which enables Muslims to draw closer to God and strengthen their spiritual health and self-discipline…

“Though I am not a Muslim, I understand that during Ramadan, strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of every Muslim to enable them to get closer to Allah.”

He advised businessmen, transporters and traders not to hike prices of commodities and services, adding that “making an abnormal profit is a sin against God and man.”