By JOSHUA DADA, OSOGBO
The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged Nigerians to shun any divisive tendency that could threaten the oneness of the country.
This was even as the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasaun charged politicians to shun politics of acrimony and hate comments while seeking political offices.
The Governor also implored citizens to put the stability and progress of the country at heart before taking decisions on matters of national interest.
Aregbesola stated this on Sunday while addressing journalists shortly after the Eid-el-Fitr prayers, at Osogbo Central Eid praying ground, Oke-Baale, Osogbo.
He called on the political office holders to inculcate right attitude that will guarantee unification, peace and stability of Nigeria.
Aregbesola held that it is high time for Nigerians to be more united than ever, regardless of their socio-economic, religious and ethnic differences.
The Governor enjoined those at the helms of affairs to always prioritise people’s welfare and place their interests above individual and personal aspirations.
Congratulating Nigerians especially Muslims on the successful completion of the one month-long Ramadan fast, Aregbesola tasked Muslim faithful across the globe to always stick to the tenets and injunctions of their faith.
Earlier in his sermon, the chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasahun stated that government and governance must be seen as responsibility and not a tool to milk the people and their resources.
Sheik Animasaun admonished political office holders to prioritise people’s welfare and place the interests of the masses above other considerations.
According to him, Islam doesn’t forbid politics and we are not saying people should not involve in politics but whoever ventures into politics must do it with good intent of advancing humanity.
He charged politicians and those seeking political offices to purse good aspiration by prioritising the interests of the masses, saying “this virtues must be paramount in the minds of all politicians and leaders”.