Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on Muslims nationwide to pray for peace as the country is going through tough economic and security challenges.
This was contained in message to adherents of the Islamic faith on the occasion of the Eid el- Fitri celebration.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Semiu Okanlawon, admonished the Muslims to imbibe the salient lessons of Ramadan and emulation of the humility, good neighbourliness, understanding and love exemplified by the life of Prophet Muhammad.
According to him, Muslims must exhibit qualities such as commitment, discipline, obedience to and love of Allah, and apply same in their daily relationship to their fellow human beings irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliations.
He enjoined the people of the state to live in peace and extend hands of fellowship to their neighbours so as for the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere in the state in the past five years to continue unhindered.
“It is a known fact that this is not a good time for the country. The economy is in doldrums. There is palpable air of insecurity all over the country.
“As we wade through these economic and security turbulence, all we need, leaders and the led; Muslims and Christians and adherents of other faiths, is to come together as one and cooperate with President Muhammad Buhari to jointly pursue our a common destiny.
“I congratulate the entire Muslim community in the country for successful completion of fasting.
“This is the time that we must either come together to jointly take our country to the height it deserves among comity of nations or most assuredly ruin it by hanging separately. All hands must be on deck for us to move forward.
“We must stop paying leap service to fundamental necessities which are catalyst for development or else this nation would remain a dwarf to other nations, which ought to take directives from us,”Aregbesola said.