Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has urged the people of Ogun State not to relent in their prayers for the peace and progress of the State.
Amosun who also restated that his administration’s performance within eight years shall make the State best among the comity of states.
Amosun said this while addressing Muslim faithfuls during the 9th Ramadan Special Iftar (1440.A.H), with the theme: Equity, Fairness and Justice; The Role of Muslims in National Integration and organised by the State government at the Arcade Ground, Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
The out-going governor noted that his administration has laid a good foundation that would make the State great, saying, “when we came in 2011, Ogun State was rated 29th position in the comity of States, but today, to the Glory of Almighty God, whichever the indices they want to use, we are now second position within eight years in office and very soon, we will be first “.
While dwelling on the topic of the Iftar – “Equity, Fairness and Justice; The Role of Muslims in National Integration”, Amosun noted that, it is imperative to be fair, equal and just to everybody no matter the religion and socio-ethnicity, describing Ramadan as the month that preaches good deeds and brotherliness.
His words: “What comfort me most is that, no matter who you are, whichever position you find yourself, one day you will answer the call of Almighty God and that is one that keeps me going,
“In anything we do, We must fear God, we must be fair, just and equitable to all manners of people, To the glory of Almighty God, I have done that, I am at peace with my creator, I came, I saw, I conquered. We are leaving Ogun State better than we met it “, Amosun stated.
Amosun expressed his appreciation to everybody for their support since the inception of his administration, especially the judiciary and legislative arms of Government, urging the clerics to keep on praying for the State in order to achieve its greatness.
The Guest Lecturer at the event, Chief Imam, University of Ibadan Muslims Community, Prof. Muftau Oloyede Abdulrahmon, said people should learn how to tolerate one another, irrespective of religious background and socio- ethnicity, saying, ‘’we should see ourselves as one entity, without being bias’’.
Prof. Abdulrahmon called on all in the position of authority to emulate the leadership qualities being demonstrated by Prophet Mohammed (sws) while in Meddina, among the Muslims, Christians and the Jews, adding that, the constitution of the country must be fair, equity and just to allow everyone practice religion of their choice.
While identifying racial harmony as core ingredient in nation building and national integration, Prof Abdulrahmon appealed to government not to impose any policy on the people, adding that teaching of religion should be used as a weapon to shapen lives, for peaceful co-existence.
In their goodwill messages, the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, the Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Ishola Adekunbi and the Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, thanked God for all that the Governor had been able to achieve, while praying that Almighty Allah will protect and grant him success in his future endeavours.
They also appreciated all stakeholders in the state for their support, cooperation and perseverance.