The governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday, congratulated Muslims in the state and Nigeria in general as they commence the one-month-long fasting period.
Aregbesola reminded Muslims of the duties imposed on them by the fasting period, noting that apart from being a period for sober reflections, the occasion should be used to effect positive changes in the society.
The governor, in statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, urged Muslims to continue with their peaceful co-existence with people of other faith, stating that no development can take place under atmosphere of tension, violence and distrust.
The statement quoted Governor Aregbesola as saying, “The occasion of this year’s Ramadan should further strengthen our resolve to continue to live together in peace and harmony. As you know, one of the basic six point integral action plans of this administration is the promotion of communal peace and progress.
“Religious understanding such as the one we enjoy in Osun is one of the ways we could achieve that objective.”
The governor enjoined Muslims across the country to remember the main objectives of the fasting which are to ensure self restraints, promote perseverance and promote the good of humanity.
The statement quoted the Holy Quran Chapter 3:200 which says: “Oh you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper.”
“If we can achieve these in this country, Nigeria will be a better place to live in,” said the Governor.