Thursday 29 June 2023

Eid al-Ahda: Ondo Deputy Governor Urges Muslims to Pray for Akeredolu

Lucky Aiyedatiwa, deputy governor of Ondo, has urged Muslims to see the Eid al-Ahda celebration as an opportunity to pray for Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of the state.

Akeredolu, who is said to be battling undisclosed health challenges, is on a medical leave outside the country.

In his Sallah message, Aiyedatiwa said the prayer was necessary to enable Akeredolu to pilot the affairs of the state.

According to NAN, the deputy governor implored Muslims to emulate Prophet Ibrahim’s heart of sacrifice in their dealings with others.

He reassured residents of the government’s commitment to peace, unity and sustainable development in the state.

“Warm greetings to our Muslim brothers and sisters from the government of Ondo state under the leadership of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on this special day of Eid-el-Kabir celebration,” Aiyedatiwa said.

“Eid-el-Kibir celebration symbolises the extent of total submission of Prophet Ibrahim, when he answered the call of the Almighty Allah to sacrifice his only son, Isma’il to Allah.

“I implore all Muslims to emulate the prophet’s heart of sacrifice in their dealings. It is therefore imperative that Muslims should integrate the teachings of Eid-el-Kabir in their practical daily living.

“I enjoined all Muslim faithful to use the Sallah celebrations to reflect on their past spiritual activities in the last 12 months and make the necessary sacrifice for peace and unity in our dear state and country.

“No doubt, the celebration is normally characterised by several movements in and around the state and the country, it is important that we remain vigilant.”

Aiyedatiwa urged Muslims to cooperate with the government by obeying the laws of the land and to maintain peaceful environment.

“I call on parents across the state not to allow their wards to be involved in criminal activities. Let us celebrate the Sallah in moderation,” he said.

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