Ambode urges spirit of love as Ramadan begins

LASG Ramadan Lecture

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has urged Muslims to imbibe the spirit of love and selfless service to humanity in the spirit of Ramadan.

(L-R) Alh. Saheed Adebole, husband of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Lagos State; Dr Abdulateef Abdulhakeem, the Commissioner for Home Affairs; Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State and Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik Sulaiman Abou-Nollah at the prayer to commence the beginning of the Ramadan by the Muslims faithful in Lagos on Thursday

(L-R) Alh. Saheed Adebole, husband of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Lagos State; Dr Abdulateef Abdulhakeem, the Commissioner for Home Affairs; Gov. Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State and Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheik Sulaiman Abou-Nollah at the prayer to commence the beginning of the Ramadan by the Muslims faithful in Lagos on Thursday

Ambode spoke at a Ramadan Tafsir organised by the State Government, on Wednesday evening, to mark the official beginning of the Muslim fasting month.

“Showing love will go a long way in making the world better,’’ Ambode said.

He advised that wealthy individuals “must show gratitude to God by helping others and also exhibit total submission to God’s commandments.

“To all my Muslim brothers and sisters, I want to use this opportunity to greet all of you that as we commence the Ramadan fasting’’.

He said that government organised the lectures in order to encourage Lagosian “to be in tune with the injunctions of Allah on fasting’’.

Ambode said in the 30 days that the Ramadan would last, “I just want to urge us all to show love to ourselves and also show love to our neighbours’’.

The said that since assuming office, the guiding philosophy of his administration had been about inclusion and to positively touch lives.

He, therefore, admonished Muslims to imbibe the spirit of giving selflessly to others at all times.

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“Beyond Ramadan, we must also show the attitude of giving at all times.

“That is the philosophy of our government; that is the practice we have been doing in the last three years; touching the lives of our people.”

In his Welcome Address, Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef lauded Gov. Ambode for implementing unrivalled programmes and policies that have brought unprecedented development to the state, thus making Lagos free of religious or ethnic violence since assuming office in 2015.
On the 2019 general election, AbdulLateef charged Muslims and all Lagosians to collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC’s) and vote generously to preserve Gov. Ambode’s good legacies and sustain good governance that Lagosians “are currently experiencing.”
He also enjoined Muslims, especially the clerics, to step up on their prayers for Ambode and Lagos State, saying spiritual leaders remained important partners for togetherness to help in the acceleration of developmental objectives of the state.
The commissioner said all Lagosians must, in the holy month of Ramadan and after, increase their good and noble characters, eschew bad habits and promote love, peace and unity to ensure that Lagos remains a safe, secure and healthy place to live.

Earlier in his lecture on the importance of Ramadan, the National Missioner of the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Abdul-Rahman Ahmad, said Almighty Allah, through the month, “is calling on Muslims to learn the spirit of piety and service relationship with Him.

“We must introspect and ask fundamental questions about our relationship with Almighty Allah.

“He has sent us here to worship him and worship is also love and care for humanity.

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“When you fast, you are taken closer to how disadvantaged indigent people feel.

“It is also an opportunity for us to be generous because we feel what it is meant to be deprived,” Ahmad said.

While urging Muslims to imbibe and sustain the spirit of giving beyond Ramadan, the cleric said it was a bad thing for people to spread falsehood and run others down.

According to him, such attitude should never be heard among Islamic faithful.

The Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akintola, commended Gov. Ambode’s administration for the religious harmony and massive infrastructural renewal drive across the state.

Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Sulaiman Abou-Nollah, also commended the governor for the various infrastructural project development across the state.

Abou-Nollah said the development had resulted in placing the state on a sound pedestal for growth.

 

By Our Correspondent

 

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