Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has called for special prayers against the Boko Haram sect and their sponsors as Muslims commence special night prayers (Tahajjud) to round-off the Ramadan.
Zulum made the call in Maiduguri in a statement issued by his Media Officer, Mr Isa Gusau.
The governor said the call had become necessary as majority would likely focus only on COVID-19 in their prayers inspite of the Boko Haram menace.
“It is expected and rightly so, that in these last ten days of the glorious Ramadan, majority of fellow Muslims all over the world, are likely to focus their minds on seeking Allah’s intervention for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“With that in mind, however, I will like to appeal to Muslims in Nigeria, particularly those of us in Borno State and the rest of the Northeast, not to forget the murderous activities of Boko Haram.
“We have two viruses with equal lethal proportions. Therefore, our late night supplication should have twin-focus: prayers against Coronavirus and prayers against the menace of Boko Haram, their sponsors and those who intentionally support them.
“Without ignoring prayers for other individuals, family and societal needs and wants, we should please submit ourselves with absolute faith to continually seek the divine help of our creator, the almighty Allah.
“With Him there is no disease that has no cure and no crisis that has no solution,” the statement quoted the governor as saying.
Zulum also noted that prayers against Boko Haram became necessary at this critical time that the military and other security agencies as well as volunteers like the Civilian JTF, hunters and volunteers were recording victories against the sect.
“These armed forces and volunteers have earned our eternal gratitude and respect, and they certainly need and deserve our sustained prayers for more victories, their well being and the well being of their families,” he said
He urged citizens with economic means to intensify support for needy persons, particularly displaced orphans, widows, relations and neighbours during and beyond the Ramadan.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
Reflect teachings of Ramadan in daily activities, Adegoke urges Muslims
Chief Adegboyega Adegoke, Executive Director, OES Energy Services Limited, has urged Muslims to reflect the teachings of Ramadan in their daily activities.
Adegoke gave the advice at a news briefing on Monday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Adegoke is the Ajia-Balogun Olubadan of Ibadanland and Founder, Adegboyega Adegoke Resource Centre (AARC).
He said that the lessons and teachings of Ramadan, if reflected by Muslims in their daily activities, would engender a better society, where love and peaceful coexistence would reign supreme.
According to him, they should ensure that the society feels the impacts of the fasting period in their characters and relationship with others, particularly non-Muslims.
The Ibadan chief enjoined the Muslims not to allow the lessons and significance of the Ramadan fasting end with the holy month, adding that they should continue to pursue peace for national development.
“Our Muslim brothers and sisters worldwide, during the Ramadan, pleaded with Allah for forgiveness. I urge them not to return to their sins. They should not disobey the teachings of Islam and the laws of the land.
“As we combat the menace of coronavirus, I urge everyone, irrespective of religion, position or tribe, to obey the laws and follow the preventive and precautionary measures to curtail the spread of the virus,” he said.
Adegoke called on the leaders to have greater concern for the poor and give no room for unnecessary materialism, greed and accumulation of wealth.
“If the spiritual core of man is recognised, there will be better perspective about life. It will also leave no room for materialism, greed and primitive accumulation of wealth,” Adegoke stated.
He felicitated the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, the high chiefs and the entire people of Oyo State for witnessing the end of Ramadan fasting, praying that they witness more of it in good health.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Eid-el-Fitri: Lawmaker urges Muslims to practice Ramadan lessons
Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin (APC-Kwara) has called on Muslims to imbibe and practice the lessons derived from the just concluded Ramadan fast.
The federal lawmaker also urged Muslims in his constituency to contribute their quota to the growth and development of Nigeria.
Ajuloopin, representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, made the call in a message to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.
He described Ramadan season as a sacred period that teaches good morals, showing kindness to fellow humans, noting that such exceptional attitude should be the guiding principles of every Muslim even after the Ramadan period.
The federal legislator charged the faithful to use the Sallah celebration as a sober reflection in finding workable solutions to the nation’s numerous challenges, particularly the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
“We don’t need to go back to those ungodly attitude we have jettisoned during the holy month of Ramadan as good and responsible citizens.
“Those positive lessons we have learnt and derived through our sacrifices while the Ramadan lasted should be our guidance and with prayers we can intercede for solutions to those challenges confronting us a nation.
“Ramadan fasting, as well as the Sallah celebration that follows, are such sacred period when prayers of devoted Muslims were promptly answered by Allah without hesitation.
“The act of building a virile society or nationhood is a collective responsibility of every stakeholder, irrespective of ethno-religious, tribal, cultural, political or geographic background to achieve the desired result.
“As we joined other Muslims across the globe in celebrating the Sallah, we should also reflect in our minds and attitude, as a mark of patriotism, to remember our country in prayers,” he urged.
Ajuloopin maintained that the nation’s socio-economic, security and other domestic challenges were surmountable through stakeholders’ collective efforts and prayers.
He said the country was in dire need of prayers to stem the tide of insurgency, killings, rituals, road accidents, armed robbery as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic that had deprived the citizens of freedom of association and social gatherings.
Ajuloopin said nothing could be accomplished without God’s assistance and permission.
“Therefore, fervent prayers, spiritual stability, magnanimous acts and love are needed in this festive period.
“This is the path towards ensuring growth, financial stability, peaceful co-existence among individuals and the larger society.
“In this period of Sallah celebration we must seek the face of God, especially for our constituency, state and the country in general.
“We desire God to grant every category of leaders, the knowledge, understanding and wisdom for the desired good governance.
“Prayer for this great nation called Nigeria is our collective responsibility, especially in this Sallah season,’’ he said.
He appealed to the nation’s religious leaders to be at the vanguard of campaigning and promoting a corrupt free and decent society, especially among the youths regarded as the potential leaders of tomorrow.
The legislator also called on parents to be alive to their responsibilities of inculcating decent and good moral upbringing in their children.
Besides, he urged the political class to imbibe moral standards, integrity and tolerance to command the confidence of the electorate who freely gave them their mandates.
“Definitely, our children are the leaders of tomorrow, we should do our best as religious leaders, political leaders and even parents to actualise their dreams and aspirations.
“What we desire most are continuous prayers, then the desired transformation envisioned for our constituency, the council, the state and the country will be a reality,’’ he said.
Edited By: Benson Iziama/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: Egbeyemi urges Muslims to uphold Ramadan lessons
The Deputy Governor of Ekiti, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, has congratulated Muslims in the state on the successful completion of the Ramadan fasting.
Egbeyemi also advised Muslims in the state to uphold the lessons learnt during the 30-day fasting and continue to draw closer to Allah in their daily activities.
The Deputy Governor said this in a statement issued on Sunday by his Special Assistant on media, Mr Odunayo Ogunmola.
“I congratulate Muslims on the successful completion of the 30 days’ fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, which is an important pillar of the Islamic faith.
“No doubt, they have learnt a lot of lessons during this holy month and I believe they will make good use of these lessons.
“I want to advise them to sustain the momentum of the spiritual rejuvenation and renewal after the Ramadan for the blessings to be permanent in their lives,” he said.
He said that for them to have witnessed another Eid-el-Fitri is a special priviledge for Muslims to renew their commitment to the Almighty Allah and his teachings.
He described the Eid-el-Fitri as a celebration of Allah’s mercies and devotion to an important pillar of Islam.
Egbeyemi said the festival should be celebrated with sober reflection.
The Deputy Governor admonished Muslims to allow the lessons of sacrifice, love, humility, tolerance, righteousness, sobriety, discipline, kindness and forgiveness learnt during Ramadan to be part of their daily lives.
He, however, cautioned them against returning to the negative and sinful ways of life already jettisoned during Ramadan to sustain the mercies received from Allah during the month.
He also felicitated with the state Grand Imam, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello, is also the President of the League of Imams and Alfas in the Southwest, Edo and Delta States, and other Muslim leaders for their exemplary leadership during the holy month.
Egbeyemi called on Muslims to continue to pray for peace, tranquility, progress, prosperity and development of Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria in general.
He urged them to continue to live in harmony with adherents of other religions as brothers and sisters under an atmosphere of peace.
Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Peter Dada (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Bagudu advises Muslims to sustain lessons learnt during Ramadan
The Kebbi Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, has advised the Muslim Ummah to sustain the noble lessons learnt in the Holy Month of Ramadan to outlive the period.
Bagudu gave the advice in his sallah message on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi.
“These lessons include patience, perseverence, piety, philanthropy and good neighborliness,” he said.
Bagudu also expressed happiness with the development in the fight against coronavirus, adding that the state was winning the war against the dreaded virus.
“Noticeable progress is being made in the fight against the disease and our strategies are different.
“As of today, only five COVID-19 patients remain in the Isolation centre in Birnin Kebbi.
“We must not, however, relent so long as the problem exists elsewhere,” he said.
Bagudu appealed to the people of the state to sustain the current tempo of invaluable support against to fighting the disease.
“You should continue to observe all the measures so far introduced, like social distancing, hand washing, use of face masks and hygiene, among others
“Doing so, is part of the long term management of the pandemic,” he said.
Bagudu said that significant gains had been made under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We hope that this continue to yield a better, stronger and a more resilient nation,” he added.
Bagudu urged the people of the state to take to farming, with a view to allaying the fear that the pandemic would affect food production in the country.
“We should produce more food for local consumption, sale to other parts of Nigeria and for exports,” the governor said.
The governor advised people of the state to continue to remain peaceful and united for a better Kebbi. .
Edited By: Angela Okisor/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitr: NCWS urges Muslims to imbibe Ramadan lessons
The National Council of Women’ Societies (NCWS), has advised Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to imbibe the values and lessons of Ramadan, to help the country overcome its current challenges.
Mrs Gloria Shoda, National President, NCWS gave the advice in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja.
According to Shoda, the sacrifice of Muslims during the Ramadan gives hope that Nigerians can always make adjustments to halt all challenges rocking the country.
“As Muslims, try reflecting on the salient lessons learnt in the holy month, for the betterment of the society.
“As usual, this Eid-el Fitr signals the end of Ramadan. It is therefore a period of feasting, celebration and prayers to the Almighty.
“We should celebrate the occasion with moderation, while reflecting deeply on the useful lessons of the season which includes love, forgiveness and ensuring peace with all men,” she said.
“While we celebrate, I urge that we comply with the lockdown order, especially restriction on movements, and ban on religious and social gatherings of any sort.
“These safety measures, though very inconvenient, are for our own good as they are necessary to keep us safe from the deadly coronavirus,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that Eid el-Fitr, also called “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)
Eid-il-Fitri: Kaduna Christians salute Muslims after successful Ramadan
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna State Chapter has congratulated Muslims for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.
The Chairman, Kaduna State CAN, Rev John Hayab, in a statement on Saturday in Kaduna, prayed that the sacrifices made, the prayers offered and all the worship for the peace and progress of Kaduna State, Nigeria and mankind be acceptable.
He also prayed for God’s blessings and reward in abundance.
“In spite of the trying situation, we are glad that you did not allow the prevailing challenge to rob you of the joy and blessings of this Holy month.
“Therefore, we hopefully look forward to greater and more fruitful days together as we work to defeat the virus as well as promote peace, unity, and harmonious coexistence in all our communities.
“Though we have been advised by medical experts and warned by states and national governments to stay at home so that we could prevent the spread of COVID 19, the ‘stay at home’ order should not be seen as a hindrance to a strong fraternity.
“We may be socially and physically distancing ourselves from one another but in our hearts and spirit, we are together, celebrating and rejoicing with all Muslims,” he said.
Hayab explained that, amidst the lockdown, CAN Kaduna State felicitates with all Muslims in the state and wish them a blessed and prosperous life after the Ramadan and Sallah.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: Oyo ALGON, APC charge Muslims to sustain teachings of Ramadan
The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Oyo State, has advised Muslims to sustain the principles of perseverance, sacrifice, love, kindness, compassion and peaceful coexistence beyond Ramadan.
Oyo State ALGON Chairman, Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, gave the advice in a message to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr celebration.
Abass-Aleshinloye urged Muslims in the country to use the period of the Eid-el-Fitr to reflect on their spiritual lives and how they could contribute meaningfully to the unity and progress of Nigeria.
“It is only when the principles of the season are sustained beyond Ramadan that the fasting period can be given its true meaning.
“During Ramadan, which is one of the important pillars of Islam, we were obliged to fast, shun evil actions, speak right and show love to one another.
“Above all, we should not draw back in our devotion to Allah which is the ultimate pillar of our faith,” he said.
“The prescription of physical distancing, use of face mask when going out, regular hand washing with alcohol based sanitizer and covering our mouth as well as nose when coughing or sneezing should be strictly adhered to,” he said.
The ALGON Chairman prayed that Almighty Allah accepts all their supplications, sacrifices and other good deeds during the month of Ramadan as an act ibadah.
Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has called on Muslims to ensure the philosophy of the month of Ramadan was adopted throughout the remaining months of the year.
The APC in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr AbdulAzeez Olatunde, said that the teachings of Ramadan encouraged the wealthy to empathize and sympathise with the less fortunate ones in the society.
Olatunde said that the month of Ramadan was a refresher or retraining month for Muslims to always reappraise their faith level.
“If Muslims can break free from backbiting, lying, excessive eating, gambling, alcoholism, adultery and other vices for one month without any bad consequences.
“It then implies that they can breakaway from the chains and shackles of these filthy habits for the rest of eleven months.
“Muslims should know that they can live their lives without these odious lifestyles,” he said.
The party enjoined Muslims to pray for leaders starting from President Muhammadu Buhari, the 36 state governors, legislators, and other appointees of government for divine guidance to tackle COVID-19 global pandemic.
“Prevention is the safest. Let us observe social distancing in all our activities.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Eid-el-Fitri: APC urges Nigerians to imbibe Ramadan lessons
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on Muslims to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, which include personal sacrifice, charity, sobriety and self-discipline.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu said this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, congratulating Muslims on the successful completion of the 2020 Ramadan fasting and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri.
“As we complete this important religious obligation, we join the Nigerian Muslim community in beseeching Allah to accede to all their prayers and accept their fasting as an act of worship.
“It is our hope that the important lessons of Ramadan, including personal sacrifice, charity, sobriety and self-discipline will not cease to be part of our ways of life in the months and years ahead.
“At this critical period of our nation’s history, these noble virtues should continue to guide our daily activities as we strive to fulfill our duties as good citizens of this great country,” he said.
The Party’s spokesman also urged Muslims to stay safe amid the Coronavirus global pandemic.
“In our continuous efforts to stem the spread of this virus, the APC urges all Nigerians to adhere to public health guidelines and instructions, including safe distancing, use of face masks at public places among others.
“On the part of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, no effort is being spared at mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic on our people.
“Finally, we call on Nigerians to keep supporting the government in its determined quest to make our great country secure, peaceful and prosperous,” he said.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
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Sen. Gyang urges Muslims to imbibe virtues learnt during Ramadan
Sen. Istifanus Gyang, (lateau North) has urged Muslims to imbibe the godly virtues learnt during the Ramadan as they celebrated Eid-el-Fitr.
Gyang in a goodwill message by his Special Assistant on Media and Protocol, Musa Ashoms, on Saturday in Jos, said that the period called for sober reflection on the lessons learnt.
“The Ramadan period is one for self examination, instilling godly fear, penance, avoidance of evil in thought and action, sharing and caring, seeking peace and doing good works among other godly virtues,” he said.
Gyang, who is also the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence, wished the Muslim Ummah the corresponding blessings of Ramadan which culminated in the Eid-el-Fitr prayers.
The lawmaker while wishing the Muslim faithful a solemn and blessed Eid-el-Fitr celebration, urged them to comply with all the preventive protocols of COVID-19.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)
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