Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has felicitated with Muslims across the state over this year's Sallah celebrations.
He advised them that even as they wine and dine during this period, they should not forget to extend their hands of love to the downtrodden in the society.
The Governor urged the Muslim community to also use the Sallah celebrations to pray for the prosperity of "our dear Sunshine State" and the country at large.
He reminded them to take cognizance of the fact that security of lives and property is key to his administration.
He prayed that the glorious blessings of Allah fill the homes and lives of every citizen of Ondo State with peace, good health and prosperity.
He sought the cooperation of the police and other security agencies in the state to ensure seamless Sallah celebrations.
In his message to the Muslim faithful, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, urged Muslim faithful to uphold peace, love and sacrifice as preached by the Islamic religion.
In his Sallah message, Oleyelogun commended Muslims in the state for their peaceful conduct and resilience in the sustenance of the current democratic dispensation.
The Speaker urged Muslims in the state to continue to pray for peace to continue to reign in Ondo state and Nigeria.
While appreciating adherents of the Islamic religion for joining their Christian counterparts in supporting the current administration, Oleyelogun pledged the determination of the lawmakers to work with the Executive towards making lives worth living for the people.
In the same vein, the Chief Imam of Akure Kingdom, Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede, implored the Federal Government to explore all possible means to track down any form of terrorism, even as he said no form of secession should be allowed in the country.
Yayi-Akorede,who gave the advice in his address delivered at Akure praying ground to mark this year's Eid-El- Kabir celebration said Nigeria is one indivisible entity as he charged every citizen to support and sustain its unity.
The Chief Imam sought for the infinite mercy of Allah on Nigeria, to resolve terrorists act and other forms of challenges facing the country.
On the celebration, the Cleric reminded the Muslim faithful of the fear of Allah which forms the basis of the festival, stressing that the festival is an occasion that calls for sober reflection among the faithful and submission of themselves to their Creator.
He informed them to have in mind the remembrance of Allah Who created the sacrificial animal and themselves as the ultimate intention of the festival and not engage in what is contrary to its concept for worldly motives.
According to him, the sincere sacrifice of the animal for the sake of Allah represents an outward symbol of Muslims readiness to lay down his or her life in the course of truth and advancement of fellow human beings.
On the affairs of the state, the Chief Imam thanked Governor Akeredolu, for the consideration given to Muslims as some of his commissioners that will form his administration's cabinet in the state.
He charged all the commissioners to show commitment to their new assignments to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Yayi-Akorede equally congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, for his safe return from London where he stayed for a long period for medical attention, thanking Nigerians for their prayers for the president which brought him back to the country safe and sound to continue his presidential assignment.
He also appreciated the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for holding fort with sincere mind for the president while he was away in London.