By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Ramadan (Islamic fasting) has been described as a renewed opportunity for the faithful to seek God’s forgiveness and recommit to the ideals of Islam.
Kwara State governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said this in his message to Muslims in his state on the dawn of 2021 Rahmadan.
His words: “I join the Muslim community, especially in Kwara State, to thank the Almighty Allah for another opportunity to witness another Ramadan.
It is another moment to show immense gratitude to the Almighty for His mercies just as it is a new window to get closer to our creator”.
Similarly, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governorship aspirant, Mallam Saliu Mustaoha has urged political office holders in the country to practice peace more than they preach it.
Mustapha said at present, Nigeria is “faced with an existential threat. This is in spite of the spirited efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration”
He added; “there is therefore no better time for the political elites to move away from mere rhetoric on peace to the actual demonstration of same than now. We have to begin to practice peace more than we preach it.
“At a time like this, it is not unusual for persons in authorities to mouth peaceful coexistence in countless speeches and multiple press releases.
As much as this approach is desirable, I believe that there is a more urgent need for us, the political class to practice and demonstrate peace more than we preach it”, Mustapha stressed.
The politician made the call in a personal Ramadan message in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital as the fasting season kicks off admonishing Muslims to take good spiritual opportunities of the holy season.
He said; “for the next thirty days, Muslims from around the world will refrain from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse from dawn to dusk. Islam preaches peace and peaceful coexistence among humankind in her glorious diversity.”
The politician added; “In situations like this, there is much more to leaders in crisis communications than just the speeches. Action must now begin to speak louder than words in all ramifications.
“Irrespective of our political differences, there should be a legitimate desire to pull together in offering and finding solutions to the crisis at hand”.
Mustapha admonished adherents of Islamic faith to empower the poor as part of charity tenets during the holy month.
He then congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and around the world for witnessing yet another Ramadan and prayed that all would live to witness more in years to come.