The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has called on the Muslim Community in the state to emulate the sacrificial living, self-control and intercessory supplications embedded in the teachings of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Adeleke gave this call just as Muslims around the world begin the 40 days of Ramadan fast.
In a personally signed statement on Thursday, made available by Olawale Rasheed, his Spokesperson, Adeleke reminded Muslim faithful of the real essence of Ramadan.
He stated that Ramadan is a period of self-reflection, intended to deepen one’s spiritual growth and renew a sense of appreciation for the many blessings of God.
“In this spirit of thanksgiving and reflection, all of us observing Ramadan can strengthen our sense of commitment to equality and development of our communities. It is a time to offer help to those in need and serve as an immutable emblem of holy life.
“As residents of Osun State, we are all blessed to live under a government that fosters religious liberty and respects the religious practice of all. Our laws and history ensure Muslims can observe this period in accordance with the dictates of conscience and without detractions.
“It is also a period for our dear State to look up to Muslims for unimpeded prayers and in a renewed sense of unity, purpose and desire for a better society.
“As we all unite to celebrate this year’s Ramadan in teachings and reflections, I join in the hope for a blessed month.
Ramadan Mubarak, dear brothers and sisters in Islam,” the Governor concluded.