Hon Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, has congratulated the Muslim ummah in the state, urging them to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammed and embrace the teachings of the Holy Quran, adding that Nigeria’s current situation is a test from Allah that will soon end in joy and happiness.
According to the Speaker, much as Allah astonished Prophet Ibrahim on the Mount of Arafat by replacing his son Ismail with a ram, Nigeria would soon be free of its various obstacles and will be a success story at long last.
“The story behind Eid-el-Kabir festival demonstrated total obedience and submission to Allah. Prophet Ibrahim had already blindfolded his son Ismail and was already moving the knife up and down his neck but Allah replaced Ismail with a ram and his son was unharmed. I am sure another opportunity has presented itself for all of us in Nigeria to use this year’s Eid-el-Kabir to renew our faith in Allah. We should never lose hope in the sincere belief that all will be well with our nation soon. Prophet Ibrahim laughed and rejoiced at the end of his trial, we shall also live to see a better and more prosperous Nigeria which will be devoid of all the present crises.”
According to Ogundoyin, other important aspects of the Ileya celebration include possessing and displaying deep piety, as well as sharing and caring for the needy.
“We should learn to extend love to ourselves all the time. During Eid-el-Kabir, meat and food are shared among ourselves and most importantly among the poor people. This will no doubt promote love, togetherness and peace amongst us. Let us remember that our meat and food do not get to Allah but our piety. We should constantly support the needy and the downtrodden amongst us to make life easier and meaningful for them too”, Hon Ogundoyin counselled.
The Speaker, while urging Muslims and other Nigerians to use the festival to pray for an end to insecurity across the country, said the situation is now more concerning than before.
“Our people in Oyo State are already experiencing new lease of life. Special thanks to the people friendly policies of Governor Seyi Makinde. I want to urge the residents of the State to increase their prayers for this administration so that more developmental strides will be achieved”, he said.