Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has urged the people of the state to embrace peace and good rapour with one another in the spirit of Eid El-Fitr, stressing that the lessons learnt during the Holy month were not to be discarded only to be re-learnt next year
The Governor in his goodwill message Friday said ”as we mark the completion of one of the most important tenets of Islam, the Holy month of Ramadan, I pray that our lives will continue to reflect the devotion of the past month and we will continue to aspire to pure living”.
He said ”we must strive to live devotedly like the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), even as we beseech the Almighty to bestow his mercies upon us in this month and the others to come”.
Since the celebration of the last Eid el-Fitr, he noted that ”our country Nigeria, and indeed our State, Oyo, have gone through a political season., stressing that for the first time in many years, the election season was peaceful and hitch-free.He however, encouraged the people of the state to continue to live in that spirit of peace, ”and I hope that the period of Ramadan has granted you the spiritual strength to do so”.
”Even as we rejoice, I remember our brothers and sisters in the Northern part of the country. The past few weeks have witnessed insecurity in some of those states, as a result of the evil acts perpetrated by insurgents. We must all pray for the safety of our fellow country-men, and for an end to the insecurity”.
The governor however, urged the people to look out for those who are less privileged amongst them, saying beyond praying for them, they should also extend a hand of generosity to their neighbours. ”The Prophet (SAAW) made it a habit to be even more generous than usual in the Holy month. This is a practice we must all imbibe”.
He said the spirit of community that we have all embraced in the past month should become a part of our lives, stressing that being your brother’s keeper and sacrificing for one another is one of the quickest ways through which we can individually contribute to the growth of our society.
”Furthermore, in the spirit of contributing to the growth of society, I implore you all to make it a habit to pray for your leaders. Pray for those of us in Oyo State upon whom you bestowed your mandate again in 2015. Pray for the leaders at the Centre, even as we all work together to bring the change that you overwhelmingly voted for months ago”.
”May we live to see the rise of our country, and may we celebrate many more Eid el-Fitr. I wish you all a happy celebration. Èmí á s’òpò è.”