Governor ‘Seyi Makinde has congratulated Muslims in Oyo state, Nigeria and worldwide on the commencement of the 2021 Ramadan fasting.
The governor also urged the Islamic faithful to pray for the peace and development of Nigeria during this fasting period and specifically asked that the Almighty Allah (SWT) show mercy on Oyo state, Nigeria and everyone fasting during this season and beyond.
In a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the governor was quoted inviting Muslims worldwide to embrace piety during the Ramadan fast, also praying to Almighty Allah (SWT) that the insurgency and insecurity that has plagued Nigeria in recent years comes to an end.
He used the opportunity to ask Muslims in the state to pray for peaceful coexistence and security in the state and all over Nigeria during the month-long fasting period, also going on to say that sacrifice and ceaseless prayers are very critical especially now that our country is facing general insecurity.
In his words: “Muslims should use this fasting period to pray fervently for the security of this country.
“I also enjoin our brothers and sisters in Islam to please use the opportunity of this month of blessings to seek Almighty Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness to make insecurity a thing of the past in our country.”
He further admonished Muslims to heed the messages of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence from the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW) while also looking out for others around them.
“As our Muslim brothers and sisters are expected to adhere strictly to abstinence from food and other things during the month of Ramadan, I wish to enjoin them to extend their hands of fellowship to other fellow Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
“It is only by doing this, coupled with sharing whatever they have with others, particularly the underprivileged in the society, that their supplications can be answered and the world will be a good place to live in for all and sundry,” the governor said.
Governor Makinde further quoted the Qur’an, saying; “O ye who believe, give of the good things which ye have,” and said heeding this part of the Qur’an would help society’s underprivileged to reduce the hunger and poverty confronting them.
He ended his message by wishing the Islamic faithful a successful fasting period, praying to God to grant them the strength and sustenance they would need for the Ramadan.