Eid-Al-Maulud: Kwara Governor celebrates with Muslims
Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has enjoined Muslim faithful in the state to reflect on the messages and character of Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking in Ilorin on Tuesday at the annual commemoration of the birth anniversary of the Prophet, the Governor urged Muslims to be their brothers’ keepers, saying such will promote peace and sustainable development.
Organised by the Kwara State Muslim Council under the headship of the Emir of Ilorin, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the event was attended by creme de le creme of the Muslim community, cabinet members, Islamic scholars, religious organisations; and school children who did march-past.
“As we mark the anniversary of this epoch, I appeal to everyone to reflect on the message of the prophet. Especially important are what Allah and history recorded of the excellent character of the noble prophet. Let us strive to walk in the shadows of the prophet,” the Governor said.
“If we do this, peace and sustainable development will envelope our world. This is because we will see and treat ourselves as brothers and avoid things that can tear us apart, subjugate or hurt one another under whatever guise,” he added.
According to him, as an administration, they strive to be fair to every segment of the society in the belief that all of us are from Adam and Adam is from dust.
He stressed further that his administration makes no negative distinctions on the basis of faith or class stressing that the programmes executed with public funds are blind to political divides.
The Governor’s early arrival for the programme and his active participation did not go unnoticed, with the organisers commending his exemplary character especially on time management.
The organisers observed that he was the first Ilorin-born incumbent Governor to attend the annual event.
Governor AbdulRazaq, who congratulated the Muslim community, the Emir of Ilorin and the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) and entire people of Kwara State on the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad, said history has always confirmed the prophet’s place as the greatest man to ever live and urged the faithful to take after him.
The dignitaries at the event were the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari ; the Olupo of Ajase Ipo, Oba Ismail Yahaya Atoloye Alebiosu; Olomu of Omu Aran, Oba AbdulRaheem Adeoti; Mudirul Markaz Sheikh Habeebullah Adam el-ilory; Khalifatul-Adabiya Sheikh AbdulQodir Kamaldeen; Grand Khadi Ola Abdulkadir; Grand Mufti of Ilorin, Sheikh Suleiman Faruq Onikijipa, and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria Dr. Ibitoye, amongst others.