- The speaker of Oyo state House of Assembly, Olagunju Ojo, has urged Muslim pilgrims in Mecca to pray for peaceful 2019 polls
- Ojo made this plea in his message to faithful who are preparing for the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebration
- He also called on Muslims to ask for Allah’s infinite mercy and guidance for the entire state
Few days to the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, speaker of Oyo state House of Assembly, Olagunju Ojo, has urged Muslims, especially Nigerians pilgrims in Mecca, to pray for the success of the 2019 general elections, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Ojo gave the advice in his message to mark the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir, signed by his special assistant on media and publicity, Yemi Alao on Friday, August 17, in Ibadan.
He also called on Muslims to ask for Allah’s infinite mercy and guidance for the state and its leaders as they steered the affairs of the state.
According to him, the exemplary virtues of sacrifice, obedience, steadfastness and generosity, typified by Prophet Ibrahim should not be lost to the pageantry that would accompany the festival.
The speaker reassured the people of the state of the commitment of the legislature to the onerous task of moving the state to greater heights.
NAN reported that the federal government has declared Tuesday, August 21 and Wednesday August 22, as public holidays to celebrate the festival.
The minister of interior, retired Lieutenant.-General Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday,August 16, in Abuja in a statement issued by Mohammed Umar, the permanent secretary at the ministry.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Sultan of Sokoto and president general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, had declared Sunday, August 12 as the first day of the Islamic month of Dhul-Hijjah.
This was contained in a statement released on Sunday, August 12, by the deputy secretary general of the NSCIA, Prof Salisu Shehu.
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