A Member of the House of Representatives, Abdulraheem Olawuyi, has called on Muslims to utilise the Ramadan season to intensify prayers for the nation’s peace and development.
Olawuyi, representing Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Kwara, made the call in a statement in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area on Monday.
The lawmaker was re-elected into the green chamber during the just concluded 2019 general elections.
Olawuyi said that the nation’s socio-economic and security challenges were surmountable through stakeholders’ collective effort.
He described Ramadan as a sacred period when prayers of devoted Muslims were answered by Allah without hesitation.
According to him, the country is in dire need of prayer to stem the tide of insurgency, killings, rituals, road accidents, armed robbery and other negative happenings.
Olawuyi said that nothing could be accomplished without God’s assistance and permission.
“Therefore, fervent prayers, spiritual stability, magnanimous acts and love are needed in this Lenten period.
“This is the path toward ensuring growth, financial stability, peaceful co-existence among individuals and the larger society.
“In this period of economic depletion, political transition, we must seek the face of God, especially for our state and the country in general.
“We desire God to grant our political office holders, the knowledge, understanding and wisdom for good governance.
“Prayer for this great nation called Nigeria is our collective responsibility, especially in this Holy season,’’ he said.
Olawuyi appealed to the nation’s religious leaders to be at the vanguard of promoting the present administration’s campaign against hate speech and corruption through their preaching.
The lawmaker also called on parents to be alive to their responsibilities of inculcating decent and good moral upbringing in their children.
He urged the political class to imbibe moral standard, integrity and tolerance to command the confidence of the electorate at all times, especially their followers.
“Definitely, our children are the leaders of tomorrow, we should do our best as religious leaders and parents to actualise their dreams and aspirations,’’ he said.
Olawuyi, who expressed his appreciation to party leaders and supporters over their support during the general elections, promised to ensure purposeful and qualitative representation in the National Assembly.
“What we desire most are your continuous prayers and support; then the desired transformation envisioned for our constituency, the council, the state and the country will be a reality,’’ he said.