As Muslim faithful in the country joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has congratulated all the Muslim faithful in the state on the successful completion of this year's Ramadan.
He urged them to put into practice all the lessons learnt from the annual religious exercise.
The Governor, who appreciated the unflinching support of the Muslim community to his administration, urged them to, as usual, continue to shun divisive tendencies and actions that are capable of causing mistrust among the people of the state.
Akeredolu equally asked Muslims in the state to embrace the virtues of love and sacrifice as they join their fellow brothers and sisters worldwide to celebrate this year's Ramadan.
Also, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, appealed to Muslim brothers and sisters to continue to pray for peace and unity of Nigeria.
Oleyelogun in a Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians, particularly congratulated Muslim brothers and sisters for the successful completion of the fast even with the current economic situation in the country.
He charged the Muslim faithful to continue to embrace peace, love, tolerance, forgiveness and understanding for one another, urging them not to go back to all sinful life and bad attitudes they had forsaken during the Ramadan fast in the interest of the country.
Oleyelogun berated those agitating for secession in the country and appealed to all Nigerians to inculcate the true habit of tolerance and spirit of unity and oneness of the Nation.
"We are one family and we must see ourselves as one entity formidable in greatness and prosperity for all," he added.
The Speaker specially congratulated Muslim brothers and sisters in Ondo state for the successful completion of the fast, and urged them to continue to pray for peace and development of the state.
"I want to salute the courage and perseverance of my Muslim brothers and sisters, and I pray that Allah will continue to sustain them and the people of Ondo state".
"May the lessons of Ramadan which are piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time."
"I believe with intense prayer and encouragement, tenacity and doggedness, Nigeria will get to her enviable height among the comity of Nations," Oleyelogun said.
The Speaker called on Nigerians to pray for the leadership for wisdom and speedy recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari in order to steer the wheel of progress of the Nation in the right direction.
Hon Oleyelogun noted that what Nigeria need is intense prayer, dedication and commitment to the project that would sustain the unity of the Country.
Meanwhile, the Chief Imam of Akure empire, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi- Akorede has enjoined Muslim faithful and Nigerians to continue praying for the sustainability of the unity of the country and quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Chief Imam gave the advice in his Eld-el- Fitr celebration address delivered to mark the end of 1437AH/2017 Ramadan fast season at the praying ground yesterday.
He noted that it is only unity of the country and determination of everyone to support the present government that can make the country move forward.
The cleric described the unfounded rumours by some unscrupulous elements wishing the president death due to his health challenge as disheartening act.
According to him" there is no doubt that those people are ignorant of the fact that what happened to him can as well happen to any human being as there is no one without any nature of sickness"
Yayi-Akorede advised the category of people to pray for his quick recovery and God's guidance instead of dissipating energy on criticism and condemnation.
He appreciated the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for his effort to move the country forward and prayed for God's knowledge and wisdom for him to accomplish the task ahead of him.
He implored Muslims to allow the good virtues cultivated during the holy month of Ramadan to reflect in their daily activities and extend hand of fellowship to non Muslims.
His words" let me use this opportunity to say hearty congratulation to Nigerian Muslims in particular and the Muslims in the world at large for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast season. May Allah grant us its rewards in manifold".
He therefore, called on Muslims not to engage in those immoralities that will make them lose the benefits of the fast and equally enjoined them to maintain peaceful co-existence with non Muslims in the state.
Yayi-Akorede, who used the occasion to thank the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for the appointments so far in his administration which he described as a pointer to the fact that he is committed to serving the people appreciated the practical demonstration of his government to have broke fast with Muslims in the state during the fasting period.
The cleric advised him to be wary of sycophants not to have a place in his administration.
He called the attention of the state government to the needs of muslim community in the state as he noted that muslims are lagging behind in the scheme of things particularly education wise.
He, therefore ,pointed out that Muslim Primary School in Akure is a shadow of itself as all the structures are dilapidated and appealed to the state government to give the school a face lift as well as convert it to a MEGA school.
Also, Muslims in Ikare Akoko trooped out in their large numbers to observe Eidl Fitr on Sunday.
Eidl Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan.
As early as 8:00am, the Muslims were seen dressed in their best dresses moving to the praying ground to offer prayers to Allah and thank him for making them see yet another end of the fasting period.
At the Ikare Akoko eid praying ground, the Chief Imam of Ikare, Sheikh Abbas Abubakr led other Muslims to offer prayers to God.
In his sermon at the occasion, Sheikh Abbas advised them not to backslide in the good deed they were known for during the holy month.
He cautioned them against going back to the way of sins which the fasting period took away from them.
The Islamic Cleric also called on Nigerians especially those agitating for a breakup of the country to desist from that.
According to him, the country stands to gain more as one indivisible entity.
He therefore charged them to continue to love one another peacefully as this is the only panacea for development and escape from the present economic quagmire