By Iyabo Adebisi

Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has felicitated the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State and across the country on the occasion of the 2023 Eid-el-Kabir.

The governor congratulated all residents of the state on witnessing the 10th day of Dhul-Hijjah 1444 A.H., marking the 2023 Eid-el-Kabir, praying to Allah (SWT) to accept the worship and sacrifices of the Muslim Ummah across the country. 

Governor Makinde, who appreciated the Muslims for their support and prayers during the four years of Omituntun 1.0, called on them to continue to pray for his administration, the state and Nigeria.

According to the governor, the continued peace and prosperity of Oyo State and the success of his government are hinged on the prayers and support of the people.

The governor maintained that once the people continue to support his administration, the government would be able to deliver on its commitment to move the state to greater heights through the action plans highlighted in his Roadmap for Sustainable Development, 2023-2027.

He said: “I use this occasion to congratulate the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State and, indeed, all residents of the state on witnessing the 2023 Eid-el-Kabir.

“I appreciate their prayers and support over the years and call for more prayers and support as we work round the clock to improve the lives of our people and deliver sustainable development as promised during the electioneering.

“My prayer is that Allah (SWT) will accept the act of worship and sacrifices of our Muslim brothers and sisters. “Barka De Sallah.”

Funmi Adekoya 

Similarly, the Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has congratulated the Muslim faithful and entire Osun citizens on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. 

The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, extolled the citizens of the state for their exemplary good virtues while urging them to use the occasion of the celebration to rededicate themselves to their creator.

He urged Muslims to use the occasion to spread love through cheerful giving, identifying obedience as key to unlocking the unending grace of Allah.

Governor Adeleke restated the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous state for all and sundry, stressing that a better Osun state beckons under him.

The governor, who stressed the importance of harmony, enjoined the people of Osun state to tolerate one another and live peacefully, noting that development and progress are only possible in a peaceful environment.

He called on Muslim faithful to use the occasion of the Eid ul Adha celebration to renew a sense of sacrifice and brotherhood, saying the lesson inherent in the act of Prophet Ibrahim (ASWM) is that there is reward in obedience.

Governor Ademola Adeleke encouraged the Muslim ummah to exhibit the lessons of Eid-el-Kabir which includes, Faith, patience, love and sacrifices 

Bolanle Adesida

In the same vein, Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in felicitating Muslim Ummah called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of selflessness, sacrifice and patriotism in the quest to build a virile and economically viable country.

In his Eid-el-Kabir message, Governor Abiodun said sacrifice, love and unity would lift the country to a greater height.

Governor Abiodun who stressed the need for Nigerians to contribute their quota towards ensuring  national unity and economic growth,

also urged Muslims to follow the example laid down by Prophet Ibrahim.

The governor reiterated the determination of his administration to improve on the wellbeing of the people of the State through various intervention programmes.

While congratulating Muslims on this year’s celebration, Governor Abiodun urged them to pray for the peace and progress of the country.

Mosope Kehinde

In its message to celebrate Eid with Muslims, the Oyo State House of Assembly urged all the Muslims to use the occasion to pray for themselves, the country and the state in particular. 

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Honourable Waheed Akintayo, the Speaker of the House, Right Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin.

Ogundoyin charged them to spread love to the less privileged, orphans and the physically challenged by sharing the festival goodies with them so that they can feel the importance of festive season. 

He also admonished them to pray for directions and guidance for the country’s political leaders, stressing that the country will soon overcome the current hard time it is going through.

The statement also enjoined all well-to-do Nigerians to uphold the teachings of Islam by sharing foods, meats and drinks with their neighbours and other less privileged in the society.

Ogundoyin prayed for the safe return of all Nigerian pilgrims who are currently in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2023 Hajj, while assuring Oyo State residents that Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration of Omititun 2.0 will continue to take dividends of democracy to their doorsteps.

Oluwakayode Banjo

On its path, Oyo All Progressives Congress, APC, on the occasion of the Eid-el-adha, urged Nigerians, particularly Islamic faith adherents to use the sacred period to seek Allah’s increased wisdom and guidance on the nation’s leaders to enable them move the country forward.

Eid-el-adha is celebrated globally on the tenth day of the last month of the Islamic (Hijrah) calendar and a day after pilgrims on Hajj exercise have completed possession rites on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia. 

In a special Eid message contained in a statement issued in Ibadan and made available to news men by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, Oyo APC implored Muslims to imbibe the the spirit of faithfulness, altruism and love for humanity as exemplified in the lives of Prophet Ibrahim, his son (Ismail) and the family members. 

“Events in the last one year have further indicated that Nigeria is a divine project as we have been made to appreciate the good plan of Allah (God) for our dear country. The dramatic emergence of the best individual as the APC presidential candidate from a crowd of good aspirants, his electoral victory on February 25, 2023 and his inauguration as the 16th President of in the country, against all odds, remain pointers to the fact that God is involved.

“And now that the global community has been made to see the prospect and promise in the new administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, it is important we all support his government in all ramifications. We call on all and sundry to intensify prayers for Nigeria and the world at large so that the desired peace and stability will be entrenched and sustained.

“Meanwhile, Oyo APC uses this medium to congratulate the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Sen.) Mahood Olalekan Balogun, and the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Alhaji Abdulganiy Abubakre (Agbotomokekere) as well as all other eminent leaders and residents of the state on the occasion of Muslim festival while we pray Allah to grant them longevity, bliss and prosperity.” Oyo APC stated.

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