The Oyo State House of Assembly has felicitated with all Muslim Ummah as they mark Eid-el-Kabir today.
In his sallah message to Nigerian Muslims as they join the rest of the Islamic adherents across the world to celebrate 2022 Ileya festival, the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin says Nigeria will witness the desired development and growth if the citizens and the leaders emulate the lessons of sacrifice of the season, and let go of their selfish and personal interests for the overall collective gains and benefits of the nation as a whole.
He said because of the unstable economic and social conditions, Nigerians are not ready to sacrifice anything for the nation to get out of its present doldrums and predicament.
“It is another feast of sacrifice — Eid-ul-Adha or Eid-l-Kabir or Ileya as fondly called in Yoruba land. This is in commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim’s resolve to sacrifice his son Ismael but whom Allah replaced with a ram.
“So, we are celebrating obedience and high level of faith exhibited by our forefather known by everyone as the Father of faith. No wonder Judaism, Christianity and indeed Islam all lay claim to Abraham’s superior and elevated status and level of faith and believe in God.
“I therefore felicitate with all Muslims in Nigeria on this year’s festival. May Allah accept our sacrifices as genuine and sincere acts of worship to Him”, the Speaker prayed.
According to him, no sacrifice is too much or too little to make by Nigerians at this time, for our nation to survive all the problems currently bedeviling her.
Hon. Ogundoyin also used the medium to congratulate the teeming Muslim faithful in Ibarapa land in general and those in Eruwa and Lanlate towns in particular, on this year’s Ileya festival.
While appealing to Nigerians to celebrate and enjoy the feast, the Speaker also urged them to remember the poor and the less privileged in the sharing of the Sallah packages especially the meat and food.
“Eid-el-Mubarak to my people in Ibarapa East State Constituency, may we live to witness more of this kind of celebration. Allah will grant all our heart desires and turn all our sadness and sorrows to joy and happiness as experienced by Prophet Ibrahim”, he stated.