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Ambode Tasks Muslims On Tolerance, Peaceful Co-existence At Ramadan

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Omo-Oniles
Posted: Jun 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Lagos State governor, has enjoined Muslims in Nigeria to see the Ramadan period as a time to promote culture of tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
Nigerian Muslims joined their counterparts all over the world to observe the Ramadan, a one-month period of fasting and prayer by the faithful, which ends with a special prayer at the Eid grounds.
During the period, the Muslims are not expected to eat from 5.15 pm to, while feeding is reserved for only the nights. They are also forbidden from taking alcohol and engaging in immoral activities.
The faithful are also expected to observe their five daily prayers without hitch, feed the poor and give alms to the needy around them as well being at peace with their neighbours.
Ambode, who spoke on Monday through Habib Aruna, his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said the commencement of Ramadan as a Holy month should be seen as an opportunity to learn self restraint, sacrifice, piety and love.
These, he said, were in line with the admonition of the Holy Quran, Chapter 2 Verse 183, which says, “Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you so that you can learn self restraint (Piety)”.
The governor urged Muslims in the state to take the opportunity of this Holy month to promote a culture of religious tolerance and peaceful co-existence among people of diverse ethnicity.
“At this critical period of rebuilding our nation and ensuring that the Change we promised is delivered, the lessons of the Holy month of Ramadan must permeate all of our actions and deeds in such a way that each person must act as his brother’s keeper at all times,” Ambode said, even as he wished all adherents of the Islamic faith a most spiritually rewarding Ramadan.