Eid-ul-Fitr: Aregbesola, Osogbo Chief Imam charge Nigerians to shun divisive tendencies
Sodiq Adekunle, Osogbo
The Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasaun has charged politicians to shun politics of acrimony and hate comments while seeking political offices.
This is as the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has charged Nigerians to shun any divisive tendency that could threaten the oneness of the country.
Earlier in his sermon, the chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasahun stated that government and governance must be seen as responsibility and not a tool to milk the people and their resources.
Sheik Animasaun admonished political office holders to prioritise people’s welfare and place the interests of the masses above other considerations.
According to him, Islam doesn’t forbid politics and we are not saying people should not involve in politics but whoever ventures into politics must do it with good intent of advancing humanity.
“We must shun politics of acrimony and hatred in all our conducts and always bear in mind that every action will be rewarded according to intention.
“Our politicians should shun backbiting and do away with politics of calumny that could trigger hatred, disaffection and as well breach peace in the society.
He charged politicians and those seeking political offices to purse good aspiration by prioritising the interests of the masses, saying “this virtues must be paramount in the minds of all politicians and leaders”.
While congratulating Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitri, Sheik Animasahun admonished Muslims to celebrate the period with fear of God and moderation.
The Governor also implored citizens to put the stability and progress of the country at heart before taking decisions on matters of national interest.
Aregbesola stated this on Sunday while addressing journalists shortly after the Eid-el-Fitr prayers, at Osogbo Central Eid praying ground, Oke-Baale, Osogbo.
He called on the political office holders to inculcate right attitude that will guarantee unification, peace and stability of Nigeria.
From the Government House Oke Fia, Osogbo where the Governor took off to the praying ground, the governor’s convoy snaked through a thick crowd of residents who expressed support for the governor.
Many climbed rooftops and stand at vantage positions to catch glimpses of the Governor as residents waved at him.
Aregbesola held that it is high time for Nigerians to be more united than ever, regardless of their socio-economic, religious and ethic differences.
The Governor enjoined those at the helms of affairs to always prioritise people’s welfare and place their interests above individual and personal aspirations.
According to him, “It is time for us as Nigerians to be more united irrespective of religious, economic or ethic interests. We must shun any divisive tendency that could stimulate hatred and challenge to the stability of our nation.
“In our thoughts, deeds and speeches, let us promote peace, love, unity and stability of our nation because it through this that we can continue to exist as a united nation.
“Irrespective of our diverse nature, let us champion positions that would foster unity, growth and development of our dear country.
“We need to put the stability, progress and economic development of our nation as the major focus of our spiritual activities. We need a stable, united and a progressive nation for us to be happy with ourselves and be in harmony with ourselves and others.
“Our race needs a huge stimulus and this nation-Nigeria needs to be at the forefront in achieving a great and viable economic status among its peers in Africa”, Aregbesola stressed.
Congratulating Nigerians especially Muslims on the successful completion of the one month-long Ramadan fast, Aregbesola tasked Muslim faithful across the globe to always stick to the tenets and injunctions of their faith.
He charged Muslims Ummah to abstain from whatever the religion forbids and always to tow the path which the religion prescribed.
“As Muslims, we must tow the path which our religion prescribed. We have been patient. We have been persevered and we have controlled ourselves during Ramadan period.
“We must sustain all this virtues after Ramadan. We must be good ambassadors of our faith and our nation.