The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, has urged Muslim faithful to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan and continue to pray for the development of the country.
Adebule made the call at the 10th Alhaji Kafaru Tinubu Memorial Ramadan Lecture on Sunday in Lagos.
The theme of the lecture is: “The Electoral Process in Nigeria: Sustaining Values, Dignity and the Faith Factor’’.
She described Ramadan as a period for prayer, thanksgiving, forgiveness, spiritual training and self-examination as well as to avoid things that are forbidden in Islam.
Adebule implored Muslims to imbibe the lessons of the period as part of their daily lives, urging that regular communication with God in prayers was necessary to heal the nation.
According to her, it is easy for the devil to confuse the visions and the future of the country if people are not prayerful.
“Another month of Holy Ramadan has arrived when a serious spiritual exercise to strengthen our Islamic faith for a lifetime should be performed.
“It’s also an opportunity to collectively pray for the development of ourselves, families, our state and the country at large.
“If we are always thankful to Allah; if we believe in the dictates of God and surrender to His will; then we shall prosper as individuals, as a society and as a nation,’’ Adebule said.
She also urged the Muslim faithful to shun social vices and continue to pray and support Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration as he strived to meet the peoples’ needs.
The deputy governor promised that the government would continue to recognise and treat all religious groups equally in the state.
She also urged residents to discharge their civic duties by paying taxes, keeping the environment clean and obeying the laws of the land.
According to her, the desired change to build our dream society starts with us.
In his lecture, Prof. Lai Olurode of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, said religion had an interactive relationship with other social units of the society such as the electoral process.
“The positive contributions of religion to the election cannot be ignored but a major challenge is its failure to ensure a free and fair election.
“Muslim clerics should explore the positive role of religion towards ensuring a free and fair election and educate their followers to eschew manipulation of religion for selfish interest.
“We can do this if religious leaders abstain from partisan politics and educate Muslims on the need to participate actively in the electoral process without compromise.
“It is our civic responsibility,’’ Olurode said.
In his remark, Alhaji Jide Tinubu, who spoke on behalf of the Tinubu family, extolled the virtues of Late Alhaji Kafar Tinubu, the patriarch of the Tinubu Family in Central Lagos.
He described the late patriarch as a man who lived all his life for others.
He urged Muslim to be the vanguard of peace, especially during the period of Ramadan, adding that they must also show friendliness.
“Baba Tinubu was humanitarian and I urge us to emulate that kind of spirit; the spirit that cares for people, who are not necessarily our biological children or relations,’’ he said.