Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has congratulated Muslim faithful in the country on the successful completion of the month-long Ramadan fasting.
In a statement issued in Ibadan by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the governor expressed gratitude to Muslims in the state for their commitment.
He also commended the residents of the state for remaining steadfast, in spite of the situation imposed on the state by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor rallied the Muslim faithful to use the auspicious occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri to make supplications for themselves, the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Makinde said that it was regrettable that Muslims in the state and across the country could not observe Eid-el-Fitri prayers this year in their usual way.
According to him, the situation should be seen as “part of the sacrifice we all have to make at this time.
“It is gratifying to note that we are concluding this year’s Ramadan on a good note.
“Despite the COVID-19 pandemic currently ravaging the whole world, the Almighty Allah allowed Muslims in Oyo State to join their counterparts in Nigeria and indeed, in the world in making supplications for the forgiveness of our sins.
“I remain grateful to my Muslim brothers, sisters and the residents of the state for remaining steadfast, despite the situation imposed on us by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He sought for the continued support and cooperation of the Muslim Ummah and all residents of the state in adhering strictly to the COVID-19 protocols.
The governor listed the precautionary measures to include wearing of face masks, observing social distancing, regular washing of hands and eating of immune-boosting foods, as directed by the state COVID-19 Task Force.
While promising to continue to make life more meaningful to the people of the state, he reiterated his administration’s commitment to the socio-economic transformation and the infrastructural revolution currently going on in the state.
“On the part of this pacesetter government, I solemnly promise that we shall continue to make life more meaningful to the people of Oyo State through policies and programmes that are godly and humane.
“As we look forward to an end to the current gloom and a return to normalcy, let us continue to work together for the safety, wellbeing and prosperity of our state,” Makinde said.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq