OYO State Governor, Seyi Makinde has congratulated Muslims in the state, Nigeria and across the world, on the commencement of the 2021 Ramadan fasting.
The governor also urged the Islamic faithful to pray relentlessly for the peace and development of the country during the fasting period.
He asked the Almighty Allah to show mercy on the state and Nigeria in general during this season and beyond.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa urged Muslims across the world to embrace piety as demanded of them during the Ramadan fast.
Governor Makinde also prayed Almighty Allah to put an end to insurgency and insecurity which he said has been ravaging the whole country in recent years.
He wish the Islamic faithful a successful fasting period, while also praying to God to grant them the strength needed to sustain them throughout the Ramadan.
In a similar development, Nigerian Muslims have been urged to be moderate and follow COVID-19 protocols while fasting and engaging in other spiritual activities.
This was contained in a statement in Ibadan by Chairman, Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN, Oyo State Chapter, Alhaji Ridwan Fasasi.
Alhaji Fasasi said though there were no restrictions by government, the traditional activities during Ramadan like Tarawih, Tafsir, group iftar and annual lecture should be observed moderately and in line with COVID-19 protocols so as to prevent the spread of the virus.
He noted that since Ramadan is a month full of blessings, Muslims should use the opportunity to pray fervently to seek Allah’s forgiveness to halt the ravaging COVID-19, which has brought the world to its knees.
He urged the Islamic faithful especially the wealthy ones to remember the less privileged and others that the current economic challenges have affected bearing it in mind that Ramadan is a month of helping the needy.
Alhaji Fasasi enjoined Muslim philanthropists to take sponsorship of Islamic lectures as a top priority so that Muslims will be able to benefit from such through traditional channels of radio and television as well as new media platforms.
He admonished Islamic clerics who will be handling such lectures and explanation of the holy Quran to lay emphasis on prevention of the spread of coronavirus, as well as issues of patriotism, peaceful co-existence, and love for one another.