Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has felicitated Muslims in the State for witnessing the commencement of the Ramadan fasting.
The Governor, in a statement issued in Ibadan by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, urged Islamic faithful to pray relentlessly during the fasting period and specifically ask the Almighty Allah to show mercy on the people.
He said Muslims must embrace the piety demanded of them during the Ramadan and ask Allah to put an end to COVID-19, which is ravaging the whole world, enjoining Muslims in the State to use the month-long fasting period to pray for the peace of the State and the country at large.
According to the Governor, sacrifice and increased prayers are important and critical at this time when the world is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic.
He said it was regrettable that Muslims in the State and across the country cannot observe the Ramadan the way they have been used to over the years, noting that the situation should only be seen as part of the sacrifice we all have to make at this time.
The State Governor added: “I enjoin you all to see this as a reflection of the sober mood the world has been thrown into as a result of the pandemic. Please use the opportunity of this month of blessings to seek Allah’s forgiveness to make the pandemic a thing of the past.”
He also admonished Muslims to tune their minds to the messages of love, brotherliness and peaceful co-existence inherent in the messages of the Holy Prophet, while also being their brothers’ keepers.
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 and reduce hunger and poverty confronting the people.
He wished Islamic faithful a successful fasting period while praying to God to grant everyone the strength needed for the Ramadan.