Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has urged Muslim faithful to pray for the peace and development of Nigeria during the fasting period.
Makinde, in his message to Muslims on the commencement of the 2021 Ramadan fasting, specifically asked the Almighty Allah (SWT) to show mercy on the state and Nigeria in general during this season and beyond.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, Makinde urged Muslims across the world to embrace piety as demanded of them during the Ramadan fast.
He also prayed the Almighty Allah (SWT) to put an end to insurgency and insecurity which he said has been ravaging the whole country in recent years.
He also enjoined Muslims in the state to use the month-long fasting period to pray for peaceful coexistence and security in the state and the country at large.
According to the governor, sacrifice and ceaseless prayers are important and critical at this time when our country is facing general insecurity.
He further admonished Muslims to tune their minds to the messages of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence inherent in the messages of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (SAW) while also being their brothers’ keepers.
“As our Muslim brothers and sisters are expected to adhere strictly to abstinence from food and other things during the month of Ramadan, I wish to enjoin them to extend their hands of fellowship to other fellows Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
“It is only by doing this, coupled with sharing whatever they have with others, particularly the underprivileged in the society, that their supplications can be answered and the world will be a good place to live in for all and sundry,” the governor said.
Governor Makinde, who quoted Qur’an 2 v 267, which says “O ye who believe, give of the good things which ye have,” said this act would help the underprivileged in the society to reduce the hunger and poverty confronting them.
He wished the Islamic faithfuls a successful fasting period, while also praying to God to grant them the strength needed to sustain them throughout the Ramadan.