Eid-el-Fitri: Ooni, religious leaders seek prayers for unity, peaceful coexistence

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) Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has urged Muslim faithful to continue to pray for unity and peaceful coexistence in the country.

 

Ooni stated this while receiving the Chief Imam of Ife, Alhaji AbdulSemiu AbdulHammed, and other Muslim faithful who were at the palace to pay Sallah homage to him, on Monday in Ile-Ife.


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While congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the annual Ramadan fast, Oba Ogunwusi said that ceaseless prayers for Nigeria would bring progress and development to the country.

 

He also called for sustained prayers for leaders so that they would continue to lead the country aright and ensure the success of the 2023 general elections.

 

“Instead of complaining and condemning our leaders, we must continue to prayer for them so that Nigeria can be free from banditry, insurgency, kidnapping, ritual killings and unemployment, among others,” Oba Ogunwusi said.

Earlier, the chief imam appealed to Muslims to allow the fear of Allah to reign in their lives so that Nigeria could be better transformed.

 

“If we apply the fear of Allah in our personal, political social and lives, the nation will be a better place to live in,” he stated.

 

AbdulHammed thanked Allah for the grace to witness this year’s Eid-Fitr, however, warned against violence and brigandage before, during and after the forthcoming governorship election in Osun.

 

“Muslims should not allow their children to be used as tools for distabilising the peace and tranquility of the country,” he said.

In the same vein, the member representing Ife Federal Constituency, Mr Taofeek Ajilesoro, advised Muslims to always allow peace to reign, as the governorship election was approaching in the state.

Also, a group, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN), has urged Muslim faithful to continue to imbibe the lessons learnt during the Ramadan period, saying that they should not go back to their old ways of life again.

The Coordinator of MMWGN in Ogun, Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Monday.

Akintunde noted that all the good lessons of Ramadan should continue to reflect in the daily lives of all faithful after the season.

“Ramadan period is characterised by total submission to Allah as well as abstinence from sins.

“The fear of Allah with which Muslims observed the Ramadan fast should always rediate in their daily activities, even after Ramadan.

“If the lessons are being sustained in our daily lives, there will be no room for wars, kidnappings, killings and social vices in the country.

“We should continue to show love, forgiveness and respect to one another, while the lessons of Ramadan must reflect in our daily lives,” he said.

The cleric also advised Muslims faithful not to relent in praying for peace and unity to reign in the country.

He said that praying fervently for the nation would go a long way in putting an end to all the challenges currently being faced by the country, adding that they should always pray for peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.

Akintunde also urged Muslim faithful to remember the poor and the needy in the society and to continue to show love to one another, in the spirit of Ramadan.

Similarly, the Chief Imam, Sedikat Ahmed Megida Central Mosque, Ikorodu, Lagos, Sheikh Nurudeen Kadiri, has urged Nigerians to pray to better security situation in the country.

 

Kadiri made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday, after the Eid prayer marking the end of Ramadan.

 

Kadiri pleaded with Nigerians to be patient with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and the security agencies.

 

He also called on Muslims to be thankful to Allah for giving them the opportunity to start and end the Ramadan fast on a good note.

 

“All of us must maintain consistency; all the unlawful things that we had abandoned during Ramadan should be permanently done away with.

 

“If we are consistent in our righteousness after Ramadan, Allah will easily forgive all our sins and bless us in this world and hereafter.

 

“It is important for us to love one another and always pray to Allah to guide our leaders right,” he said.

 

Kadiri prayed to Allah to choose good and righteous leaders for the country during the 2023 general elections.

 

The cleric, who advised mothers to always extend kindness and love to one another to enhance a better society, asked Nigerians to revive community parenting which, he said, was currently lacking in the society.

 

Also speaking, a teacher, Mr Badmus Ali, thanked the Almighty for giving the Muslims another opportunity to use the Ramadan period to pray for peace in the country.

 

Another Muslim faithful, Alhaja Risikat Adeshina, also urged the Federal Government to improve on the security situation in the country. (NAN)

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