Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has felicitated the Muslim Ummah in the State and across the world on the occasion of this year’s Eid-il-Kabir celebration.
Engr Makinde admonishes them to continue to keep adhering to the teachings of love, sacrifice and perseverance, which the festival exemplifies.
The State Governor, in his Sallah Message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, noted that the “Festival of Sacrifice” known as Eid-el-Kabir, presents an opportunity for Muslims to reflect on the faith with which Prophet Ibrahim willingly agreed to sacrifice his son, in obedience to the command of the Almighty Allah.
The Governor maintained that the all-important Eid Adha was worth celebrating despite the restrictions brought upon the world by the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging the Muslim Ummah to use the opportunity to pray for the peace of the world and to show love and selflessness in line with the examples shown by Prophet Ibrahim.
He equally urged all Muslims in the State, especially the clerics and leaders, to ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, noting that the times demand that they celebrate with moderation in adherence to preventive guidelines on COVID-19.
Engr Makinde noted that, as already directed, Eid Prayer Sessions must not have more than 25 per cent capacity at any instance, while clerics must ensure that all worshippers use face masks and are ready to wash hands with soap and water at designated points before accessing the Eid Grounds.