…Catholic Bishops, monarch call on Muslims to show love, care
...Sanwo-Olu implores Muslims to pray for Nigeria
OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde has felicitated Muslims in the state and across the country for witnessing the commencement of yet another Ramadan fast.
The governor urged the Islamic faithful to pray relentlessly during the fasting period.
He specifically asked Muslims to beseech the Almighty Allah to show mercy on Nigerians at this time.
He said Muslims must embrace the piety demanded of them during Ramadan and ask Allah to put an end to the insurgency which has been ravaging the country.
Governor Makinde enjoined Muslims in the state to use the month-long fasting period to pray for peace in the state and the country.
According to him, sacrifice and increased prayers are important and critical at this time, when the country is fighting insurgency and banditry.
Governor Makinde also admonished Muslims to tune their minds to the messages of love, brotherliness, and peaceful co-existence inherent in the messages of the holy prophet, while also being their brothers’ keepers.
“I am happy to see that Muslims in the state and across Nigeria are able to join their counterparts across the world to observe this year’s Ramadan fast.”
“It is a thing of joy to note that our Muslim brothers would be able to gather for prayers, unlike the recent past when they were prevented by certain restrictions as a result of global health concerns.”
“I enjoin you to use the opportunity of this month of blessings to seek Allah’s forgiveness to make insurgency a thing of the past in our country.”
While saying that as our Muslim brothers and sisters are expected to adhere strictly to abstinence from food and other things during the month of Ramadan, Governor Makinde enjoined them to extend their hands of fellowship to other Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
In another development the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Oyo, Most Revd Emmanuel Badejo has felicitated with the Muslim faithful nationwide following the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast.
In a statement made available in Oyo town, Bishop Badejo and the Diocese’s Director of Interreligious Dialogue, Reverend Father Moses Alaba emphasised that Muslims and Christians must not relent in their collective efforts, prayers and personal relationship with God during this holy season.
Describing Nigeria as a common heritage, Bishop Badejo assured that the Catholics would always be ready to work together with their Muslim brothers and sisters for unity, equity, political stability, good governance and peace as the nation draws closer to the 2023 general elections.
The clerics also noted that Almighty Allah who grants every good thing must have had a hand in the coincidence of the Ramadan fast with the Christians’ 40 days lenten period which started about a month ago.
They prayed that Almighty God would grant speedy answers to all prayer requests made during the two fasting periods in order to see a better Nigeria.
Also, Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Sen. Lekan Balogun, Alli Okunmade called on 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 is done away with permanently.
Oba Balogun, who made this charge in his message to the Muslim community on the commencement of the holy month said “it would appear mockery of the Almighty Allah if the mindset of our people is to temporarily put aside our sinful ways during this solemn season and resume them after the fasting period”.
The monarch maintained that the purpose of the Ramadan Fast is to move closer to the creator by shunning the sinful ways and showing love and care for others which should be the permanent way of life and not adhoc.
Oba Balogun equally urged for consideration of the less privileged in the society in whatever they do in order to make the season profitable both physically and spiritually.
The monarch stated that the purpose of the holy season would be lost if they care less about the welfare of the less privileged around them.
He noted that with love, care, and concern for others, society would be better, safe, and conducive for all to live, adding, “the country is today in much pain and stress because of lack of love and care for the generality of the people.
Meanwhile, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has implored Muslims to use the Ramadan period to pray for the country so that peace can reign, as it is only in a peaceful atmosphere that the nation can witness development.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, at the Annual State House Ramadan Tafsir for the year 2022, held at the Lagos House, Alausa, urged Muslims to pray fervently against satan taking over the land as anti-social vices such as kidnapping, killing and many more are on the increase in the country.
He said, “I implore all Muslims to pray for this country so that we have peace. And that the spirit of Satan does not take over our land. With all these killings, kidnappings, banditry, and so on, we have to pray that Almighty Allah takes control of our country and brings back peace and happiness because without it nothing can happen. So, we have to pray for peace”.
Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu emphasised that in tackling the myriad of challenges facing the country, particularly insecurity, Nigerians need to seek intervention from all spheres and ensure that they do all things possible to restore peace and bring back the humanity Nigeria is known for.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, said the present administration had kept the tradition of identifying with religion as a great partner in governance and enjoined all Muslim faithful to commit Lagos State and the country at large into the hands of God as they pray throughout Ramadan.
He also urged all Muslims to avail themselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan affords to cleanse their hearts, enrich their souls with virtues, and dedicate themselves to the good of humanity and the development of the nation.
In his lecture titled: “Building the society upon the principles and teaching of Ramadan, Professor Ahmed Adedeji of the Department of Pharmacology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, 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.
He further urged clerics to be more involved in governance, adding that religious leaders should support the government by picking areas of the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda and ensuring proper advocacy.
Also, in his lecture titled “And Spread Not Evil in the Land, Even As You Seek Your Sustenance”, the National Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, noted that all positions in life are temporary and occupiers of such post should use it for the good of all.
He advised everyone to be good to one another, particularly in the position of authority, stressing that they should not oppress the citizens as God hates such attitude.