Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on Muslims nationwide to have strong conviction that the current economic hardship facing the country will soon fizzle out.
He said it is only with this conviction that the energy of all and sundry could be channeled towards salvaging the many challenges facing the country.
He urged them to endure for the good of the country and be prayerful.
This was contained in a message sent to adherents of the Islamic faith on the occasion the Eid el- Maolud (birthday of Prophet Muhammad) celebration on Monday.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said that what the nation is going through is a lesson for the leaders and the led to act conscientiously.
He also assured the people of Osun state that his administration will not leave any abandoned project behind by the end of his tenure.
He admonished Muslims to emulation the humility, good neighbourliness, understanding and love exemplified by the life of Prophet Muhammad.
According to him, Muslims must possess qualities such as commitment, discipline, obedience to and love of Allah, and apply same in their daily relationship with their fellow human beings irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.
He tasked the people of the state to live in peace and extend hands of fellowship to their neighbours so that the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere the state has been enjoying in the last two years will continue unhindered.
“The time is tough no doubt. Our nation is going through socio-economic hardship but this is just a passing phase. All hands must therefore be on deck for us to move our country forward.
“We must stop paying leap service to fundamental necessities which are catalyst for development in order for our country to take its place in the comity of successful nations,” Aregbesola said.