By Amidu Arije
Former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Alhaja Idiat Oluranti Adebule has sent greetings and congratulatory messages to all Muslims in Lagos and the country as a whole on the occasion of the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Adebule urged the muslims to remain thankful to Allah who has protected them through this trying period of coronavirus pandemic.
She said being alive till this moment is not by individuals mighty but mercy of Allah, hence reasons to rejoice and remain thankful.
“I congratulate the Muslim world and Lagosians in particular for witnessing another Eid-il-Adha which is a demonstration of piety and great sacrifice to Allah. This year’s festival is special in all ramifications due to the ravaging Coronavirus that has claimed many lives.
For those of us still living and healthy, it is not by our power or wisdom, rather by the mercy of Allah. We should therefore, not take that mercy for granted.
The former Deputy governor called for modesty in celebration of the Eid-el-Kabir as she advocated strict adherence to stated saftey precautions and guidelines given by health experts against the spread of COVID-19.
She siad: “Our duty is to continue to demonstrate responsibility even while modestly celebrating by adhering strictly to the preventive measures laid down by the Nigeria Council for Disease Control (NCDC), the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, and as well as the Lagos State Government.
This year’s celebration will no doubt be low key, but this would not detract from the blessings and lessons therein. We should just continuously remind ourselves that moderation is a virtue in Islam.
We owe ourselves, family members, loved ones and the society the duty of care to safeguard and protect one another. This can be achieved by maintaining proper hygiene, ensure appropriate social and physical distancing and use appropriate face masks if we must go.”
She stressed the importance of family ties at all times and most especially during this period of celebrations as she asked all to share part of their sacrificial animals with neighbours with love.
“Our religion encourages us to jealously guard every soul because it is precious.
We should not forget that Eid-ul-Adha period is a season of sacrifice, exchanging of gifts, expression of love and peace, and above all, be our brother’s keeper.
We should continue to preach peaceful co-existence and settle our differences amicably.
These are the hallmark and lessons of this period as exemplified by our noble Prophet Muhammad (pboh).”
Adebule tasked Lagosians to committ the nation into the hands of Allah through prayers to scale through the quagmire plaguing the nation.
“We should pray for our country to be free from various evils bedeviling her which are not limited to the COVID-19, corruption, Boko Haram scourge, banditry, kidnappings and communal clashes.”
The former Secretary to the Lagos State Government and Deputy Governor, felicitates with President Muhammadu Buhari and muslims all over the country on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.
“On behalf of my family, I felicitate with Mr President, Muhammadu Buhari and his team, our National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his cabinet members, the League of Imams and Alfas, the Ulamau and all Muslims on this joyous occasion.
May we all celebrate more of it in good health and peaceful and prosperous environment.
I pray our dear country continue to prosper and Lagos remains the shining example of a State that works for all”.