Muslim faithful have been advised to carry on with the principles of the holy month of Ramadan such as love, peace, kindness, compassion and peaceful co-existence.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode gave the advice during Eid el-Fitri celebration at the State House in Ikeja.
Ambode says when the principles of the season are sustained beyond Ramadan, the fasting period would truly impact positively on the people.
Continue in prayer
He commended Muslims for their prayers and enjoined them to continue to pray for the state and Nigeria as a whole.
“As your Governor, I seek your support and cooperation as we move into the second year of this administration, we must all play our parts and keep relating with this government and we will not fail in making Lagos work for all of us; as I thank everyone that has joined us in this get-together, I enjoin Muslim faithful and indeed all ‘Lagosians’ to sustain the lessons of Ramadan,” Governor Ambode said.
The wife of the Governor, Mrs Bolanle Ambode thanked God for giving Muslims the strength to complete the 30-day fasting.
Mrs Ambode stressed on the need for Muslims to remember the essence of the holy month and the expected renewal of faith as well as the spiritual cleansing of souls.
“It is important for us to continue with the principles of the holy month; the holy Prophet held these principles in high esteem and lived his whole life around them. Therefore, as brothers, sisters, neighbors, co-workers, we must love one another, show kindness to one another and live together in peace…It is when we do these beyond the fasting period that we give true meaning to Ramadan,” she explained.
Highlights of the celebration were Quran recitation, quiz and dancing competition, with winners going home with prizes courtesy of the Governor’s Wife.