The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has appealed to all Lagosians, especially the Muslim community to offer prayers for Nigeria and Lagos in particular for continued growth and peaceful coexistence.
Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat made this charge at the Special Ramadan Lecture and Tafsir programme held at the Lagos House Mosque Complex and organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs to usher in the commencement of the Ramadan Fast.
He noted that no government could achieve any success without divine intervention and support from its citizens, adding that peaceful and harmonious living would galvanize the desired growth of the economy and foster prosperity for all.
He solicited for continuous prayers for the administration in order to continue to serve the people right and exceed their expectations
Sanwo-Olu also seized the opportunity to appreciate residents of the State for massively voting for the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his reelection, adding that the trust reposed in his administration would not be taken for granted as he promised a better deal for Lagosians.
In his lecture titled Indeed a After difficulty Comes Ease, Sheikh Abdul Rahman Ahmad explained that every difficulty is imbedded in ease as God uses difficulties to instruct, correct and redirect the attention of man to Himself.
He appealed to all Muslim faithful to trust Allah even in the face of challenges and hardship as difficulties also reproduces security instead of fear, joy instead of doom.
Ahmad further charged the government to eradicate unlawful taxes and levies as demanded by unauthorised individuals in the State.
Earlier in a welcome address, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi stated that Ramadan fast is a command from Almighty Allah as recorded in the Holy Quran Chapter 2,
He admonished all Muslims to avail themselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan affords, “to cleanse our hearts, enrich our souls with virtues and re-dedicate ourselves to the good of humanity and the development and progress of our dear State, Lagos and our great country, Nigeria.”
Elegushi reminded Muslims to cater for the less privileged around them as commanded by the Holy Quran even as they abstained from all forms of wrongdoing even beyond the fasting period; a call to harmonious co-existence devoid of prejudice, hatred, acrimony and bigotry and exhibit attributes of charity and good neighbourliness during and beyond the Fasting period.
The annual Ramadan lecture and Tafsir prayer will be observed throughout the 30 days of the Ramadan.
The event was attended by members of the State Executive Council, Permanent Secretaries, Muslim Clerics and other top government officials.