By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State, Mallam Lukman Olayiwola Mustapha have charged Muslim faithfuls across the globe to imbibe the teachings of sacrifice and service to humanity, stressing that it is with both virtues that an egalitarian society can be attained.
Mustapha who is the Chairman of Kwara radio station, SOBI 101.9FM made this admonition through his Sallah message made available to WesternPost correspondent.
He congratulates Muslim Ummah across the globe for witnessing yet another Eid-il-Kabir, he however charged politicians to imbibe the virtues and teachings of the season, stressing that the foundation of the celebration is based on the importance of sacrifice, selfless services and fulfilling pledge and promises.
The banker turned politician, while emphasising the importance of fulfilling promises, especially electoral, which according to him is nothing but a vow between the politician and the electorates, bemoaned the seeming disconnect and wide gap often artificially created after elections between the government and the governed.
He said, “The reason why we celebrate Eid-il-Adha goes beyond the symbolic slaughtering of ram, it is an undisguised pointer to the importance of promises and pledge, we all must imbibe the virtue of fulfilling pledges and promises willfully entered into.
“The political class especially must never renege on the electoral pact they signed with the electorates, while the electorates must also play their part through tax payment and other essential civic responsibilities expected of them.
“It is a thing of joy to note that the new government have so far demystified governance in Kwara State, by reintroducing the citizenship ownership mentality, wherein the average Kwaran now sees the government as its own, this is a major step forward from where we were coming from, where a thick mistrust existed between the government and the governed,” he stressed.
He however enjoined Muslim faithfuls and indeed all Kwarans to utilise the opportunity of the season to beseech God for his continued protection over the State and guidance for its leaders, while also charging all and sundry to be rededicated to selfless services and other activities geared towards uplifting humanity.