Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde and the senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli, have called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the leadership of the country and the state.
The governor made the call when he congratulated Muslims in the state and across the country on the occasion of the 2023 Eid-el-Maulud, the festival commemorating the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Makinde charged the Muslim Ummah to use the blessedness of the occasion to seek the face of Allah for the country and Oyo State, commending them for their support for his administration.
He said: “I congratulate my brothers and sisters in Islam on witnessing the 12th of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the blessed day in which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was born.
“This is another opportunity for us to reflect on the majesty of Allah and the favour He bestowed on Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) among all his prophets and to use the blessings of the period to make supplications for our country and our state.
“As an administration, we value the support and prayers of the Muslim Ummah in Oyo State and we have continued to see the results of their prayers
“As we move on in our efforts to develop our state sustainably, we will continue to need the prayers and support and we will never take them for granted.’’
Alli, the Senate Committee Chairman on INEC and Maye-Balogun of Ibadanland, felicitated Muslim faithful across the nation on the occasion of Eid-el-Maulud.
The lawmaker urged them to use the occasion to pray fervently for the nation as well as leaders toward peace, unity and economic prosperity.
“It is also important for us to use this opportunity to pray for our country and our leaders, that they may be guided right and take actions that will promote the peace, unity, and progress of our dear nation,” he said.