As Muslim Faithful commence this year’s Ramadan fast, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu wants them to pray for peace to reign in the country,
continue to love their neighbours and prioritize the welfare of the needy.
He gave the advice at the Lagos House Alausa Ikeja during a Tafsir (lecture) and prayers to usher in the month of Ramadan and the 30-day mandatory fast for all Muslim Faithful.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat also enjoined them to obey all covid-19 safety protocols and sued for peaceful coexistence.
“Love your neighbour as you love yourself, you can’t be eating and your neighbour is hungry, It’s time for us to consider others that are less privileged and if we do that as a country, we won’t kill ourselves, we will not fight ourselves” he said.
In an address of welcome, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi appealed to the faithful to avail themselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan affords to cleanse their hearts and enrich their souls with virtues and re-dedicate themselves to the good of humanity and the development and progress of Lagos and the country.
‘”I want to enjoin all Muslim faithful to commit our dear State and the country at large into the hands of the Almighty God as we pray throughout this Holy month of Ibaadah. Let us remember to cater for the less privileged around us as commanded by the Holy Quran even as we abstain from all forms of wrongdoing even beyond the Fasting period; a call to fellow-feeling, harmonious co-existence devoid of prejudice, hatred, acrimony and bigotry and exhibit attributes of charity and good neighbourliness.” The Commissioner urged.
In a lecture on the purpose of life, an Islamic Schorlar, Dr Ishiaq Zuglu harped on the needs for believers to live their lives in a manner pleasing to God, while
Dr Saeid Ahmad, a surgeon at the Lagos State University College of Medicine, Ikeja, lectured on availing the teachings of Ramadan for a peaceful and progressive society amidst covid-19 challenges.
The Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik Sulaiman Abou-Nolla led prayers for the President, the Governor of Lagos and other key government officials during the pre-Ramadan lecture.