By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
As Muslims throughout the country celebrated the Eid-el-Fitri, which marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has urged the faithful to shun divisive tendencies capable of drawing back the country’s wheel of progress.
The Governor made the remark in a statement issued on Friday by his Special Adviser, Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, enjoining them to imbibe the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammed on the essence of Ramadan fasting.
While calling for spiritual rebirth among the Islamic faithful, Ajimobi further called on them to use the Eid-el-Fitri celebration to pray for the unity and peaceful co-existence of the country’s ethnic groups.
The Governor, however, congratulated the Muslim community in the country on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fasting,while praying that Allah should accept their supplications, even beyond the holy month.
“Since Ramadan fasting symbolises spiritual rejuvenation, it is expected that our Muslim brothers and sisters will continue to adhere to the teachings of Prophet Muhammed. Part of this is to be our brother’s keepers and ensure service to humanity.
“Besides, it is important for us to move closer to Allah, even after the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations and eschew things that are against His will and commandment. We should not be tempted to go back to sinful habits.
“Leaders in all the tiers of government also deserve to be assisted with prayers so that they can lead us aright and move the country forward in all ramifications,” he added.
Ajimobi, then commended the spirit of oneness and peaceful co-existence among all religious adherents in the state, urging them to sustain the tempo so that his administration would have ample time to concentrate on its efforts at repositioning the state.