The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State, has advised Muslims to sustain the principles of perseverance, sacrifice, love, kindness, compassion and peaceful coexistence beyond Ramadan.
Oyo State ALGON Chairman, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, gave the advice in a message to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Abass-Aleshinloye urged Muslims in the country to use the period of the Eid-el-Fitr to reflect on their spiritual lives and how they could contribute meaningfully to the unity and progress of Nigeria.
“It is only when the principles of the season are sustained beyond Ramadan that the fasting period can be given its true meaning.
“During Ramadan, which is one of the important pillars of Islam, we were obliged to fast, shun evil actions, speak right and show love to one another.
“Above all, we should not draw back in our devotion to Allah which is the ultimate pillar of our faith,” he said.
He urged Nigerians to be conscious of their health by strictly adhering to advice by health professionals, saying the outbreak of COVID-19 is a cause for concern in the country.
“The prescription of physical distancing, use of face mask when going out, regular hand washing with alcohol based sanitizer and covering our mouth as well as nose when coughing or sneezing should be strictly adhered to,” he said.
The ALGON Chairman prayed that Almighty Allah accepts all their supplications, sacrifices and other good deeds during the month of Ramadan as an act ibadah.
He congratulated Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan fasting, praying to the Almighty Allah to help end coronavirus global pandemic.
Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has called on Muslims to ensure the philosophy of the month of Ramadan was adopted throughout the remaining months of the year.
The APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said that the teachings of Ramadan encouraged the wealthy to empathize and sympathise with the less fortunate ones in the society.
Olatunde said that the month of Ramadan was a refresher or retraining month for Muslims to always reappraise their faith level.
“If Muslims can break free from backbiting, lying, excessive eating, gambling, alcoholism, adultery and other vices for one month without any bad consequences.
“It then implies that they can breakaway from the chains and shackles of these filthy habits for the rest of eleven months.
“Muslims should know that they can live their lives without these odious lifestyles,” he said.
The party enjoined Muslims to pray for leaders starting from President Muhammadu Buhari, the 36 state governors, legislators, and other appointees of government for divine guidance to tackle COVID-19 global pandemic.
“Prevention is the safest. Let us observe social distancing in all our activities.
He also prayed for the recovery of the nation’s economy from the scourge of COVID-19.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)