By AbuSatar Hamed
IBADAN – The Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, Most Rev. Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin has sent congratulatory messages to Muslim faithful in Oyo State on the occasion of 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
According to a release e-signed by Most Rev. Gabriel ‘Leke Abegunrin and made available to StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com by Mr. Cosmos Oni, the Archbishop said, “As-salaamu ‘alaykum! Peace be upon you! On behalf of the priests, religious and the lay faithful of Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan, I wish to felicitate with the Olubadan of Ibadanland – Oba Saliu Adetunji, the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland – Alhaji Dawud Akinola, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland – Sheikh Abdul-Ganiyu AbuBakar Agbotomokekere, and all Muslims in Oyo State, on the occasion of the year 2020 Eid-al-Kabir celebration – the feast of Sacrifice.
“I am aware that this feast is usually accompanied by holy pilgrimage to Mekka for those who can afford it.
“Unfortunately, this important pillar of Islam has been made impossible this year by Coronavirus pandemic.”
Archbishop Abegunrin stated further, “It is my prayer therefore, that God will look upon our sacrifices, both Muslims and Christians, and heal our world and particularly our country Nigeria of COVID-19.
“Once again, I express my best wishes to all Muslims, And as you celebrate the feast of Eid al-Kabir, I wish you God’s abundant blessing. As we celebrate this Sallah, let us avoid areas of danger in our movements and actions.
“Let us be security conscious.Happy Sallah Celebration!”