By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
As Muslims celebtates the Eid-el- Fitr across the world, Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has enjoined residents of the state to sustain the peace and tranquility they showed during the Ramadan fastperiod.
The Governor, in a chat with newsmen at his Ikolaba Estate residence in Ibadan on Tuesday, urged people to support his administration, irrespective of party affiliation.
Makinde also maintained that the concept of being one’s brother’s keeper means that the privilege should make those around them happy and use this period of celebration to reach out to the less privileged in the society.
According to him: “All the holy books have taught us that when we make others happy, the tendency that we will be happy is very high. Those who are poor today were not just destined to be poor and same goes for those that are rich. It is just a matter of opportunity.
“So if I have the opportunity to be rich, my goal should be to create means of making others rich and make the circle go round like that.
“The concept of being our brother’s keeper means that we make those around us happy and we should use this period of Eid il Fitr to reach out to the less privilege in the society and make them happy.
“Our government has assured all citizens of Oyo State of a change in their standard of living for good. Leadership is about compassion. It is about care and our administration’s roadmap will focus primarily on that.
“Let us all teach our children to share love and compassion especially to those that are not as affluent as we are and God in his infinite mercy will multiply our blessings,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh Abdul Ganiyy Abubakri Agbotomokekere in his Eid-el-Fitr message at Yidi Praying Ground, asked Muslim faithful to rededicate their lives to the promotion of Islam and its ideals.