Eid-el-fitr: Kwara Governor seeks prayers for Offa robbery victims

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has congratulated Muslims for successfully undertaking the Ramadan fast, urging them to remain connected to virtues of love, compassion and generosity.

“As we mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, let’s remember and pray for our brothers and sisters who were unfortunate victims of the Offa robbery. Let’s remember their families, friends and associates in our prayers and generosities”, the governor said.

The governor enjoined Muslims to uphold lessons of endurance, perseverance and piety that the holy month teaches to “endure the pains inflicted in our hearts by the Offa robbery”. 

As the country moves toward the 2019 general elections, Gov Ahmed also urged Nigerians to pray for a peaceful political transition.

Gov Ahmed called for unity and commitment by all stakeholders towards his government’s efforts to ensure equitable distribution of infrastructure and social amenities across the state.

The governor urged everyone to be law-abiding and go about their lawful business peacefully as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, “as government will ensure law and order”.

Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Doctor Ali Ahmad also called for sustenance of the holy month’s virtues, values and lessons learnt.

 

This, Doctor Ahmad stressed was sacrosanct to every Muslims as it would guarantee that the Ramadan period had great impact on individuals and collectively while its effects would also be felt globally.

The Speaker, in his sallah message on Friday congratulated Muslims for the feat recorded and encouraged modest celebration.

He said that though the Eid-el-fitr marks the end of the long-month fasting from dawn to dusk, Muslims must however be challenged to prove to the world what Islam preaches by carrying on their normal lives as it were during Ramadan.

In the holy month, according to Doctor Ahmad, people freely share love and expressed kindness to their neighbourhood. The gap between the riches and the less privileged was greatly reduced; therefore it is important this is sustained after the month for the benefit of all.

The Speaker added that the festive period is a day of rejoicing and bliss for Muslims; it is a day of blessing and peace, a day to reflect, ponder and as well celebrate together.

The speaker equally enjoined Muslims in Nigeria to use the occasion to pray for the country to surmount every challenges being experienced in different sectors.

Also,  the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi  congratulated the Muslims for completing the Ramadan fast, saying that the call to fast was a call to sacrifice, to discipline the body and to focus on Allah.

‘’The sacrifice will bring forth multiple rewards for all of us, insha Allah,’’ Mallam Abdullahi said. ‘’ It is my prayer that all that we put forward in ibadah be accepted by Allah and all our prayers will be accepted by him.

‘’May the rewards of comfort, increase in faith and purification of soul be what we receive from Allah for our sacrifice of Ramadan.’’

He also advised Muslims that the virtues of piety, sacrifice, generosity and kindness that they demonstrated during Ramadan should not cease after the fast but that they should continue to show love to all men at all times.

In a related development a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje charged leaders and wealthy individuals to allow the lessons and teachings of the holy month continue to reflect in them towards eradicating poverty.

Alhaji Baraje in a statement issued from his media office in Ilorin to felicitate with Muslims on the occasion of the festival, described Ramadan as a period of spiritual rebirth where fear of Allah was paramount to the rulers and followers, poor and the rich.

He, however,stated that if all Muslims irrespective of their status can sustain the lessons and deeds of the holy month, some of the multi-challenges confronting the country would be tackled headlong.

The APC Chieftain called for religious tolerance, respect for constituted authority and unity of purpose among Nigerians, pointing out that the country would soon overcome its problems.

Alhaji Baraje who is the founder and financier of Baraje Centre for Arabic Studies, Gerewu was optimistic that if leaders and followers can play their respective roles in line with Islamic injunctions, peace and harmonious co-existence would reign in the country between different religious faith.

He therefore congratulated Muslims for seeing the end of Ramadan and charged them not to return to bad behaviors or deeds they abandoned during the holy month.

In his message,  the Emir of Ilorin called for peaceful coexistence among Muslims and Christians .He cautioned Islamic scholars against making hate speeches which according to him the Holy Quran forbids and commended security operatives for ensuring peace in the state.

Muslims on Friday trooped out in their large numbers to the Yidi praying ground in Ilorin the Kwara state capital to observe the two rakat prayers to mark the Eid festival.
The prayer which was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Imam Mohammed Bashir had in attendance the state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, top government functionaries, politicians, and the Emir of Ilorin , Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari.

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