The Osun State governor, State of Osun, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, and the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, have congratulated Muslims in Osun and across the world on the successful completion of the 1441 AH Ramadan fast and the celebration of Eid-el-fitri festival.
The governor, in a statement, by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, prayed Almighty Allah to accept all the acts of worship and supplication of the Muslim faithful during the just-concluded holy month.
According to the governor, though Ramadan has ended, Muslims must continue to reflect on and sustain the lessons and virtues of the month and replicate same in their daily lives, particularly in their conducts and dealings with others.
He said: “Although Ramadan has gone, we as Muslims, must not depart from the lessons and virtues of the spiritually-rejuvenating month.
“We must sustain the lessons the month had taught us and continue to replicate them in our daily lives and dealings with others. We must keep up with the good deeds we were known for during the month.
“Let us continue to exhibit the virtues of devotion, obedience, perseverance, love, tolerance, peace, sacrifice, forgiveness and generosity associated with the month of Ramadan. This way, we will become better Muslims and contribute to the betterment of the society we live in.”
Oyetola also urged Muslims and indeed all Nigerians to take advantage of this important celebration to pray against the current economic and security situation of the country as well as the Coronavirus pandemic ravaging the whole world.
He noted that the pandemic ravaging the world challenges humanity and its faith in God, urging Muslims to hold fast to their faith in their creator in both times of prosperity and hardship in order to validate the sincerity of their faith.
He added that considering the huge blessings that come with the holy month, Nigerians and the world would come out of this war, stronger and better.
“COVID-19 has no doubt caused us unprecedented economic and health woes, but I believe that, with divine prayers and efforts put in place by government at various levels, Nigeria and the world will defeat the pandemic and come out of it stronger and better,” he added.
The Arole Oduduwa and the Ooni of Ife in a statement by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, said there are reasons to celebrate and thank the Almighty Allah for His goodness and mercies in every situations.
He said: “Celebration here is not the conventional merriment of social gathering as we all know that there is an order against that especially in this situation we are all face with globally. The Ooni says we should celebrate in our various homes with our families by remembering Allah and why we should not give up in our hope of a better tomorrow.
“God in His infinite mercy shall accept our fasting and prayers including those we said against the rampaging coronavirus and other enemies of humanity. We’ve been through a lot together and we can’t but be grateful to God for keeping us.
“Although it is regrettable to realize that we cannot gather like before especially for the annual congregational prayers but we must make the best out of what we have while we hope and pray to be part of the brighter future.”
Foremost Yoruba monarch urged Nigerians to keep supporting the government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic by observing the laid down precautionary measures including maintenance of social distancing, personal hygiene, regular hand washing and others.
Also, the Oluwo of Iwoland, has advised Nigerians to be optimistic amidst the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement by his Press Secretary, Alli Ibrahim, the Oluwo also charged Nigerians, especially the Muslims to substitute cost of 2020 Hajj with “generous” donations to the less privileged in the society.
Oba Akanbi described the current phase in the history of the world as surmountable, urging Nigerians to be steadfast as the face the challenges of rhe pandemic.
Oba Akanbi, who assured Nigerians of better days ahead, said: “Though, the current challenges by coronavirus is worrisome but I am assuring you that tough time does not last, particularly with a focused government. I assure you of more fruitful years ahead. Let’s be alive to our responsibilities as responsible citizens.
“I will challenge all wealthy Nigerians to substitute cost of your hajji for 2020 with lifting the vulnerable. No other religious service could match generous giving and donation in this fragile season of COVID-19.
“The world is ill. The illness is biting everyone. Aside, the effect on the economy and peoples standard of living, it is worrisome. Many have tried un extending helping hands. Those who are on annual hajj and those with intention and plans to observe their first hajj should commit and substitute this year for helping others.”
The paramount ruler tasked the Muslims to work hard and also prayed for God’s divined intervention in “this period of Coronavirus pandemic.”