The Deputy Governor of Osun, Mr Benedict Alabi, on Monday called on all Muslims including politicians to use the Ramadan period to pray for peace, unity and progress of the country.
Alabi gave the advice during the 4th Ramadan lecture organised by the Prince Tajudeen Olusi Foundation in Osogbo .
The lecture which was delivered by Imam Shakirudeen Gafar, was on ‘Amaana’ which means trust.
The deputy governor who praised the forthright attitude of Olusi admonised Muslims to promote peace and mutual understanding among all Nigerians.
He said,’ Muslims who are politicians must learn to pray for the growth of their country at this period and also live a simple lifestyle worthy of emulation, with the fear of God.”
He noted that fraudulent practices or hooliganism in the name of politics have no benefits in the long run.
” Politicians must learn to live a simple lifestyle and also emulate those who governed with the fear of God,” Alabi said.
According to him, the forthright attitude of Olusi should be emulated by politicians to deepen contributions to the growth of the state, humanity and the country at large.
Earlier, Gafar, the guest lecturer, reminded political office holders that their positions were a trust by the people, as such they must not abuse the privilege given to them by the electorate, to avoid the wrath of God.
Gafar who made references to the Qu’ran and Hadith, said leaders should never betray those who believed in them as doing so has dire consequences in the eyes of God.
He therefore enjoined both leaders and followers to lead exemplary lives so as to have a responsible society.(NAN)