Imbibe Virtues Of Ramadan, Osun Gov Tells Muslims

JUMAT SERVICE IFE-ODAN 1Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on Monday joined thousands of Muslim faithful at the Oke-Baale praying ground to mark the end of the 30 days Ramadan fast.

Speaking with newsmen immediately after the prayers, Aregbesola urged Muslims to imbibe the spirit of patience and tolerance, which are the major characteristics of the 30-day fast. If this is done, he believes, the nation as a whole will be better for it.

According to him, “Ramadan teaches tolerance, forbearance and forgiveness, we want Muslims to imbibe the virtues of Ramadan in their day to day lives and let it be part of their normal routine and in their daily relationships.”

For Nigeria to be peaceful and progressive, he continued, Nigerians must make conscious efforts to promote religious tolerance, endurance and forbearance.

“All Nigerians of whichever faith must imbibe the attribute of tolerance, perseverance and forbearance. These are the things this country needs now to guarantee peace and stability that will make us to be productive.

“I urge us all to embrace love and endurance; it is when there is peace that we can pursue productive engagements that will guarantee for us good life”.

He added that it is in good life that that the people can enjoy their existence, stressing that if the essence of life is for human beings to live well, then peace which is the only guarantee of happiness must be a watch word for all and sundry.

Concerning the coming elections, the governor explained that he believes in God and the overwhelming support of the people of the state to be victorious at the polls.

Speaking earlier in his Eid el Fitri sermon, the President General League of Imams and Alfas in the South-west, Edo and Delta states, Sheik Mustapha Ajisafe, said Muslims should endeavour to continue practising what Ramadan preaches even after the Ramadan.

Sheik Ajisafe, who also called on the entire congregation to pray fervently for Governor Aregbesola, charged Muslims to remain steadfast and embrace always the tenets of Islam.