The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has sent a goodwill messages to the Muslim community on the celebration of the 2018 Eid El-Kabir Festival holding on Tuesday.
In the goodwill message released by his Media Adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, the governors urged the Muslim faithful to uphold their obedience to Allah in the spirit of forgiveness for one another.
Aregbesola described Islam as a religion that upholds the spirit of love, peace and charity and preach harmonious living relationship with other religions adherents.
He commended the Muslim community in Osun for supporting his administration and for being good citizens.
The Governor urged Muslims to expand the spiritual benefits of Sallah by ensuring and promoting peaceful co-existence with each other and people of other faiths and shun violence and religious conflicts in whatever form they may manifest.
He enjoined Muslims to pray for and conduct themselves peacefully before during and after the September 22, governorship election coming up in the state, noting that it is only Allah who enthrones and anyone who wants to forcefully enthrone himself can only do so in vain.
He advised the faithful to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice which Prophets Ibrahim and his son, Ismaeel, exemplified, an occasion which is being commemorated yearly, thousands of years since.
The statement read in part: “Let me congratulate all Muslim on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el- Kabir Festival.
“I want you to use the occasion of the festival to demonstrate that the world is united by our common humanity.
“You have demonstrated that you are patriotic Nigerians with your peaceful conduct, obedience to the laws of the land and invaluable contribution to development of our country. You should continue to pray fervently for those things that would promote unity of the country, and pray against things that threaten the existence of Nigeria.
“You should also pray for the leadership of the nation, asking God to grant them all that they require to work for the progress of the citizenry.
“With less than three months before the completion of the tenure of our administration, we shall continue to do what we have for nearly eight years been doing to develop the state, turning it around to compete in terms of progress and security among comity of states in the country.
“On behalf of the government and the entire cabinet, I wish you all a merry celebration.”