By Rahman Taofeeq
Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has congratulated Muslim faithful in the state and the country as a whole on the occasion of the commencement of the Islamic New Year, Hijrah 1446, which commemorates the migration of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) from Makkah to Madinah.
While praying that Hijrah 1446 will be filled with the mercies and blessings of Almighty Allah, Governor Makinde urged Muslims to internalize the lessons of the season and the values exhibited by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
He also called on all citizens of Oyo State to sustain the religious harmony already existing in the state.
The Governor said, “As we commence Hijrah 1446, I urge Muslims and all citizens of Oyo State to imbibe the lessons of hard work, determination, perseverance, love, harmony, positivity and spreading goodness, which the migration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah symbolizes.
“These are values and virtues which, if imbibed by every one of us, irrespective of our station in life, would transform us and our society.
“I want to urge every one of us, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to seize the opportunity of this season to reflect on these values and apply them to our lives as necessary.
“It is my candid opinion that doing so would profit us individually and collectively.
“I also implore everyone to use this Hijrah celebration to pray for the peace, unity and progress of our dear country, Nigeria.
“Once again, I congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters and wish them a very prosperous Hijrah 1446.”
Signed
Sulaimon Olanrewaju
Special Adviser (Media) to the Governor
July 7, 2024