Eid-El-Fitr: Aregbesola Calls For Tolerance And Progressive Leadership

Governor of the State of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, on Wednesday called for tolerance and understanding of Nigerians to move the country forward.

The governor made the call after the Eid-El-Fitri prayers at Oke-Baale in Osogbo.

“We thank Almighty Allah for permitting us to survive the fasting.

“We want to tell our people that if we can endure the 30 days Ramadan hunger, we can endure anything.

“Let us use the experience of the Ramadan to re-fashion our lives, be tolerant, persevering and live a life that will add value to our community, state and nation.

“Nigeria needs peace for development and Nigerians must strive for peace as we learn to tolerate and understand one another for harmonious relationships.

“If we live harmoniously, we will have a better society and development will be assured,” he said.

The wife of the governor, Sherifat, equally admonished Muslims to sustain abstinence from sins which they observed during Ramadan.

She said abstaining from sin should not be limited to the Ramadan period alone and urged them to sustain it. adding that Muslims should continue with the spirit of self-denial and cleansing.

The Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animashaun, who led the prayers, urged Muslims to shun all forms of vices.

He reminded them that all humans would leave this sinful world, adding that living a life of holiness was the only way to get to heaven.

He prayed for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the peace of the state and the country. (NAN)

PHOTONEWS: Aregbesola Celebrates Eid-El-Fitr With Clear Gesture From People

The people of Osun today trooped out en-masse to shower encomiums on the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as he made his way to the customary prayer to celebrate the Eid festival.

Below are some pictures as captured by our correspondent.

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Photonews: Aregbesola Provides Free Train Ride For Eid-El-Fitr Celebrations

Below are pictures of a cross Section of indigines and non-indigines of Osun boarding the free train ride Organized by the Government of the State of Osun from Lagos to Osogbo, in celebrations of the end of the 2016 Ramadan fast, at Ido Railway
Terminus, Lagos State on Tuesday 05-07-2016.

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Senator Adeola Felicitates With Muslims, Urges Peaceful Co-existence And Prayers

As millions of Muslims conclude the religious observance of a month long fasting, the senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District Senator Solomon Adeola has congratulated them on the successful conclusion of the tasking and purifying exercise pursuant of the tenets if Islam .

In an Eid el Fitri felicitation message to his Muslim constituents and other Nigerians signed by his media adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro, Senator Adeola prayed that Almighty Allah will answer the supplication of adherents of the Islamic faith as presented in the month of Ramadan adding that it is his hope that the spiritual lessons of Ramadan and the injunctions of Holy Prophets for love, peaceful co-existence, fairness, justice and tolerance will continue in their daily lives.

The senator called on Muslims to continue to pray for and renew their support for new administration of President Mohammed Buhari to succeed in addressing the numerous problems confronting the nation adding that the country need divine direction and intervention to surmount the daunting challenges facing it.

Eid-El-Fitr: Sultan Urges Muslims To Watch Out For New Moon

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has asked every Muslim in the country to look for the new moon between Sunday and Monday for the Eid el-Fitri.

The Secretary-General of the council, Is-haq Oloyede in a statement on Sunday, said the council, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, enjoined all Muslims to look for the moon.

Mr. Oloyede said the Sultan has therefore put in place a National Moon Sighting Committee, NMSC, to that effect.

The Shehu of Borno and NSCIA Deputy President-General is among the 34 Muslims across the country as members of the committee.

“NMSC has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Monday, July 4, 2016 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1437 AH.

“If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Monday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would declare Tuesday, July 5, 2016 as the first day of Shawwal (‘Id day).

“If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Monday night, Wednesday, July 6, 2016 automatically becomes the first of Shawwal 1437 AH (‘Id day),” Mr. Oloyede said.
He enjoined Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the directive of the President-General of NSCIA on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

He said as soon as the NMSC confirmed the sighting of the crescent, the committee would advise the president-general of the NSCIA, who will announce the completion of Ramadan and the observance of `Idul-Fitri’ prayer.

“Muslims are also strongly advised to fast for six days between the second and the end of Shawwal,” Mr. Oloyede said.

The secretary-general also said Muslims should see it as necessity, paying `Zakatul-Fitri’ with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community.
“The council urges all to ensure the delivery of Zakatul-Fitri to the appropriate recipients –the poor –and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary,” he said.

Mr. Oloyede said Ramadan might come and go, the lessons in it must continue to reflect in the lives of Muslims.

“The council encourages Muslims to continue praying for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, as they keep the virtues and gains of the sacred month as a spiritual guide towards accelerated development as individuals and a nation,” he said.

Eid-El-Fitr Celebration: FG Declares Tuesday, Wednesday Public Holidays

The Federal Government has declared next week Tuesday and Wednesday as public holidays.

Disclosing this on Thursday, the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) said it is to allow Muslim faithful mark the Eid-el Fitri celebrations.

Dambazau, in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Bassey Akpanyung, urged all Muslims and Nigerians in general to use “the period of spiritual rejuvenation to reflect on the imperative of unity and peaceful co-existence in strengthening the bond of togetherness for a strong, virile nation.”