By Sam Eyoboka and Femi Ajasa
THE World Council of Churches, WCC, the Christian Association of Nigeria and the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos yesterday congratulated Nigerian Muslims and their counterparts worldwide for successfully completing this year’s Ramadan fast commemorating the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad according to Islamic belief.
They also called on the Muslims to utlilize the spiritual significance of the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the gains of Ramadan which is also regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam to pray for a speedy end to the incessant terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians across the nation.
At the occasion of the Islamic festival of Eid el Fitr (the end of Ramadan), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary of the WCC in a message issued on Friday, highlighted the potential for people of faith, especially when they work together across religious boundaries, to be a powerful force for global good.
Tveit commented, “During the last year, we have seen this potential in actions related to concerns such as climate change and care for the increasing streams of vulnerable migrants in many parts of our world. It has been the privilege of the World Council of Churches and myself to work together with representatives of the Muslim community on such issues.”
Speaking about the WCC’s work on issues of “religion and violence” Tveit said that he is looking forward to continued collaboration with Muslim friends and contacts.
“So my prayer as I send you these greetings is that our common commitment to ‘fear God’ may act as an impetus for all of us in all our activities, as we are by the God to whom we all need to give final account, to strive to make our common home a place which is more justly and peaceably shared by all,” said Tveit.
Ramadan: Your devotion to Allah will not be a waste — Ashafa
Senator Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos East Senatorial District has extended his prayers to all Muslim faithful, saying their devotion during the just concluded fast to Allah will not be a waste.
Ashafa who made the statement in his in Ramadan message to his constituents, asserted that the end of this year’s fast lends credence to the perseverance and discipline of Muslims and Nigerians as a whole.
He urged them to allow the lessons of Ramadan permeate their souls, “Let the lessons of this fast permeate your souls and I pray that your show of devotion to Allah would not be a waste.”
Whilst wishing everyone a peaceful celebration, he thanked Lagosians for their cooperation and support so far for the new Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, and restated his commitment to the ideals of change as espoused in the blueprint of the All Progressives Congress.
He added, “I humbly ask my well-wishers and the good people of my constituents to perform random acts of kindness to people in need, to their neighbours and fellow citizens.
KOGI guber aspirant congratulates Muslims
Kogi State governorship aspirant under the platform of APC, Dr Yaqeen Habeeb has congratulated Muslims on the completion of the fasting of the month of Ramadan as they celebrate the Eid-il-Fitr festival. In a his Eid-il-Fitr message made available to Saturday Vanguard, Habeeb urged Muslims to take the blessings of the month beyond the month of Ramadan, adding that the lessons of the month included but not limited to building self-control, self-restraint, self-education, self-evaluation, and sacrifice. These virtues, according to him were necessary for peaceful co-existence and building a strong and self reliant economy. While soliciting the support of Kogi indigenes for their mandate at the forthcoming primary election as the party candidate, he advised other well meaning people of the state to invest their wealth in the state so as to provide jobs for the unemployed.
“‘My focus is to develop the State through industrialisation by which we will create jobs for our people and improve infrastructure in the State.”
He called on other politicians to be guided by the principles of service to their father land rather than self-interest.