The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan has called on Muslims to remain steadfast and prayerful in the face of the huge socio-economic and security challenges plaguing the country.
Olaniyan, a devout Muslim, advised the Oyo Muslim Ummah not to discard the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan upon the end of the fast. Rather, he said that effort should be made towards sustaining the values, virtues and mortification of the flesh which the holy month of Ramadan teaches in our daily relationship with God and neighbours.
In a statement by Omolere Omoetan, his Senior Special Assistant on Media, in celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, Engr Olaniyan called on residents of Oyo State and Nigerians not to lose hope. While encouraging everyone to be prayerful in the face of terrible socio-economic and security challenges facing us as a country. He stressed that the future is bright particularly for Oyo State.
The Igboho-born politician and philanthropist remarked that the present challenges that we encounter can be tackled if we aligned our everyday life with the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and Prophet Mohammed (SWT).
The Deputy Governor stressed that the country would triumph over her present difficulties when we, as a people, defend the virtues of good neighbourliness and accept one another regardless of our religious or tribal differences. He restated that it doesn’t matter if one is from Oke Ogun, Ibarapa or Ibadan; Christian or Muslim, we are all one and should respect and accommodate our diversities which should be seen as a strength and not weakness.
He also indicated in his statement: “I charge all citizens of Oyo State regardless of their religious beliefs to remain enduring, and continue to pray for the success of the present administration in the State.”
“The prudence of temperance, devoutness and consistent supplication to Allah and brotherly love should remain alive beyond the Ramadan. Every son and daughter of this state should seek to contribute their quota to building the state so we can truly live up to our Pacesetter status with renewed dynamism and enterprise.”
Lastly, Engr. Olaniyan appreciated Almighty Allah for protecting us from the Covid-19 pandemic that plagued the world, particularly last year, which made it impossible for Eid prayers to hold. He said that thankfully, this year, through the benevolence of Allah, we will be able to come together as a family to observe the Eid prayers while adhering to the laid down protocols for Covid-19.