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Sanwo-Olu, Olubadan, others urge peace, harmony at Ramadan

By Gbenga Salau, Jesutomi Akomolafe, Waliat Musa, Sunday Akinlolu (Lagos) and Rotimi Agboluaje (Ibadan)
04 April 2022   |   4:04 am
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray for peace in Nigeria.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has urged Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray for peace in Nigeria.

In a statement, the governor, represented by his deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, gave the charge yesterday, at the yearly State House Ramadan Tasfir for Year 2022 held at the Lagos House, Alausa.

Sanwo-Olu, who urged Muslims to pray fervently against shai’tan taking over the land, including the spirit of killings, kidnapping, banditry and so on, said: “I implore all Muslims to pray for this country so that we can have peace.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, enjoined all Muslim faithful to commit Lagos State and the country at large into the hands of God as they pray throughout the Ramadan.

Also in his lecture titled, “Building the society upon the principles and teaching of Ramadan, Prof. Ahmed Adedeji of the Department of Pharmacology, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, stated that the oneness and goodness to one another exhibited by Islamic faithful during the month of Ramadan should be harnessed for the development of the nation.

SIMILARLY, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade II, yesterday, urged Muslims to be genuine and sincere in their worship of the Almighty Allah through their fasting and prayers by ensuring that whatever they consider incongruous to the solemn season are done away with permanently.

Oba Balogun gave the charge in his message to Muslim community on the commencement of the Holy month.

Similarly, Osun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Dotun Babayemi, has urged Muslims to pray for the emergence of a rejuvenated and prosperous state, especially as it is gearing up for the election of a new governor.

Babayemi, in a statement signed by his Director of Media, Kayode Oladeji, at the weekend, while congratulating the Muslims on the commencement of the Ramadan, said it had become imperative to commit the state into serious prayers, especially as it heads for July 16 governorship election.

HOWEVER, an aspirant for Lagos State House of Assembly under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Surulere Constituency I, Fuad Kayode Laguda, has felicitated with the Muslim community over the commencement of the Ramadan fast.

Laguda, who spoke at a press briefing at the weekend, noted that the opportunities inherent in the month should be well utilised.

He expressed optimism over youths’ development programmes in the country, urging stakeholders to deploy activities that would accommodate youths’ participation in politics and sports.