Eid-el-Kabir: Akinkuolie, Adeyanju calls for prayers
By Francis Akinnodi
As muslim faithfuls celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, Caretaker Chairman, Ondo East Local Government, Rafiu Akinkuolie, has urged muslims to continue to uphold and promote the core values of Islam for the sustenance of peace, unity and progress of the kingdom, state and Nigeria at large.
In a Sallah message, Akinkuolie, who felicitated with muslim faithful, called on Nigerians to continue in their supplication for the progress of the country, through good deeds, sacrifice and have faith in God.
He noted that, “the ultimate goal remains our collective ability to live in peace and harmony, to cherish one another irrespective of religious, ethnic and political differences, for sustainable development of the nation”.
Earlier, Chief Imam of Ondo kingdom, Alhaji (Dr.) Bashiru Alimi, urged Muslim faithful to observe the celebration with love despite the difficult moment in the land saying love with one another will keep the current progress and peace in Ondo kingdom.
According to Alhaji Alimi, Eid-el-Kabir is celebrated in remembrance of God’s kindness, saying no position in life is permanent but good behaviour will last forever.
He urged leaders at all levels to be God fearing and love one another, adding that both christians and muslims worship same God with similar teachings.
“Christians and muslims in Ondo kingdom are one family and remain one. We must live together with love and peace and that is when God will be happy with us”.
He appealed to his followers to obey the teachings of Prophet Mohammed and advised youths to be law abiding and shun violence especially during the celebration.
Former Commissioner for Health in the State, Dr. Dayo Adeyanju said celebration of Eid-el-Kabir is to remember the sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim trying to sacrifice his son before God replaced it with ram. This showed his commitment to God.
“As a follower of Allah, we must be committed. We must learn how to sacrifice particularly in this period when things are difficult and continue to serve with our hearts believing God to reward us. “I wish all muslims across the state happy celebration”, he added.