GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State; his counterpart in Kogi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, and the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Sikiru Tae Lawal, have congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the celebration of the Eid-el-fitr.
The also called on the Muslim ummah to use the period to rededicate themselves to Allah and shun all negative vices.
In his Eid-el-fitr message, Oshiomhole called on Muslim faithful to sustain the spirit of godliness, charity, perseverance and to intercede for the nation. He noted that in approaching the challenges of electioneering in particular and democratic consolidation in general, the spiritual intercession of the Muslim ummah would remain indispensable to the nation.
He called on Muslims to continue to pray for the peace, progress and stability of the nation.
In a statement signed the Special Adviser on Media and Public affairs to the Kogi State Governor, Mallam Zakari Adamu, Idris appealed to Muslims to continue to live the teachings of Ramadan, especially good conduct, love, tolerance and peace.
He also urged them to use the period to rededicate themselves to the teaching of Islam.
Lawal, in his congratulatory message signed by his Senior Executive Assistant (Media), Mr. Joseph Ogunsemi, urged Muslims to refrain from every form of immorality.
The deputy governor, who is also the Baba Adinni of Ekiti State, called on all Muslim faithful to consistently live a holy life and live in accordance with the Islamic tenets in all their endeavours.
His words: “There is no half measure in living a holy life. We should be consistent with the type of lifestyle we lived during the Ramadan fasting. We should strive not to go back to sinful acts or immoral deeds. We must also make good use of the various exhortations we heard during the period of Ramadan.”
He admonished Muslim youths not to see the Eid-el-fitri only as an occasion to indulge in excessive eating and drinking; rather, they should see it as a period to celebrate and reflect on the lessons of the Ramadan.
By Oyewale Adebayo, Lokoja & Remi Koleoso, Ado-Ekiti