By Balkis Tijani.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has congratulated the Muslim community over the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
The governor, in a statement issued on Saturday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, prayed God to reward and grant the supplications of the Ummah.
He, however, called on Muslims to observe their Eid prayers at home, while reiterating that the ban on large social and religious gatherings remains in place as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The statement read: “We congratulate our Muslim brethren on the successful completion of Ramadan fasting, and pray the Almighty Allah to accept it as an act of worship, forgive our excesses, grant all our supplications during and after the holy month, and gift us long life and good health to observe several Ramadan in the best state of faith in God.
“Ramadan was a time of complete and sincere submission to the will of God. It served to purify our souls and train us to be discipline, selfless, and conscious of our creator. We beseech Kwarans and indeed Nigerians to internalise the takeaways and let them guide our daily existence for the sake of humanity.
“As the fast ends today, we repeat that the 2020 Ramadan came at an extraordinary time of human existence during which we are to temper certain rights and privileges to preserve the human race against the ravaging deadly Corona Virus (COVID-19).
“To that extent, there shall be no large gathering for congregational Eid prayer or other large social gatherings in Kwara State this year. For emphasis, all religious places remain shut until further notice. All malls and related places are to prevent such conditions or interactions that can spread the virus. All of these are in line with the COVID-19 safety protocols which have been designed solely to flatten the curve of transmission and protect the people.”
Similarly, the Speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Salihu Yakubu Danladi, in his congratulatory message urged the Muslim faithful to ensure modest celebration and observe the 2-rakat Eid prayer, marking the end of Ramadan in their homes.
A statement issued by his media aide, Mr Ibrahim Sheriff, also advocated strict adherence to lockdown regulations targeted at flattening the curve of the pandemic.
“I felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters, as we celebrate yet another Eid-il-Fitr on the surface of earth. I urge us all to abide by the teachings of the holy month of Ramadan beyond the sacred month.
“The humanity, sacrifice, perseverance and faithfulness to our Creator we demonstrated to Almighty Allah should not be thrown into the wind. Let us continue to care for one another, pray for our nation and the world.
“It is my prayer that Allah accepts our acts of worship in the holy month and may the blessings inherent in the festivity endure”, the statement added.