Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has felicitated the Muslim faithful in the state over the celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir festival, with the call to celebrate with moderation.
Abiodun in a statement by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, on Friday, noted that as Muslims all over the world celebrate the festival, it is time to merry and share with their loved ones, urging Muslims in the state to ensure they also share goodies with the less privileged.
He further urged them to be guided by the faith, perseverance, and obedience demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim when he was reminded by God to fulfill his promise of sacrificing his son if he was blessed with a child.
Abiodun, who said the country, is presently going through challenges, called on the adherents of the Islamic religion, to use the festival and offer prayer for Nigeria, particularly on security and economy.
“I felicitate Muslims in our dear state for joining Muslim Umah all over the world to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir. As we are aware, this is one festival that symbolises Allah’s blessings and love for mankind, I urge our Muslim brothers in observing this important act of worship.
“As we know that the country is being confronted with challenges, particularly, security, I want to enjoin our Muslim brothers to celebrate with moderation. And as Islam preaches, they should also remember the poor and share the merry with them.
“Similarly, the festival must be used to invoke Allah’s mercy on our country, state and homes, especially at this period our nation is faced with banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and insurgency”. Abiodun was quoted to have stated in the statement,” he said.