The governor of state of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola has urged the people of Osun not to detract from the part of virture and righteousness that Ramadan based on.
The governor addressing mulims faithful at the eid praying ground to mark the end of Ramdan admonished muslims i to remain reborn spiritually and not go back to the old ways of sins
“Today marks the end of Ramadan. It is without doubt that for 30 days we endured hunger, thirst and obedience.
“These are what Allah command of us. During this month, we came together as one. We shared together; we loved ourselves and prayer to God for forgiveness.
“Fasting teaches the utmost virtuous. The virtues of endurance, tolerance, love, honesty, determination in face of adversity. It is all these that renewed our beings and made us spiritual.
“I urge us to hold on to all the qualities. Even though Ramadan has ended, we should not let these good qualities go with Ramadan. We must not depart from this path of of virtue again,” Aregbesola said.
He urged Muslims to live in harmony and extend hands of understanding and love to people of other faiths, saying Islam best exemplifies peace among people of the world.
He assured the people of the state that better days lie ahead despite the economic gloom of the present.
Aregbesola also called on all stakeholders in the state business and commercial sector in the state to uphold truth in dealings with one another, saying this is the real reason his government launched the Osunwon Omoluabi (standard scale and measurement) for markets.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheikh Musa Animasahun, emphasised the need to continue to fear God and do the right things after the fasting.
Animasahun said true repentance is one that one done, the penitent will not go back to his or her sins of old, saying this will defeat the essence of the institution of fasting.
The cleric urged faithful to keep up the spirituality of the fasting and not to return to the vice that were abandoned during fasting.
He warned against crass materialism, saying too much of belief in material things human beings pursue is the root of all problems being experienced in the society today.
“We have repented during Ramadan. True repentance thus signifies that the penitent would not return sinning ways of the past.
“We must not therefore go back to all vices we have abandoned during fasting.
“We must return to worship of our creator and stop pursuing material things,” Animasahun counselled.
He called on political leaders in all tiers of government to exercise the power given to them with caution, only God gives power to whoever He wants.
He enjoined political office holders to use the this God-given power to serve the people of the nation as everything they do will be accounted for.