Muslims in Ogun State have been charged to take advantage of the holy month of Ramadan to move closer to the Almighty Allah by engaging in spiritual activities through religiosity, love, righteousness, good neighbourliness and kindness, even after the Ramadan period.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, gave the admonition in his welcome address, at the maiden edition of the Assembly’s Ramadan lecture, held at the Assembly Complex, Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, saying the purpose of fasting by Muslims, was to further improve on their righteousness inwardly and outwardly by abstaining from sinful deeds and training themselves on the control of their thoughts and desires.
The Speaker, who noted that the lecture marked another milestone in the annals of the Assembly, urged them to take advantage of the month, being the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar, known for prayer and charity, to achieve devotion and righteousness.
Earlier in his lecture titled: “Discipline; Panacea for Political and Economic Development of a Nation”, the Guest Speaker, Alhaji Abdulfatai Buhari, said discipline remained the panacea for all life challenges including, political instability, intolerance, nepotism, corruption and other vices, urging Muslims to always remember that, they would be accountable for all their deeds in the hereafter.
In another development, the Assembly has commiserated with the Government and people of the State, on the demise of an elder statesman and former Secretary to the State Government, Deacon Poju Adeyemi, describing his passage as a colossal loss to the people of Ayetoro, Yewa North Local Government, Ogun West Senatorial District and the State at large.
The Speaker stated this while responding to the submission of his colleague-lawmaker from Yewa North II State Constituency, Rasaq Oduntan, who announced the death of the former Secretary to the State Government, under the Olusegun Osoba’s regime, saying late Adeyemi was a progressive political stalwart, who relate with all and sundry beyond partisan politics.
Adekunbi said that late Adeyemi was a father to all, adding that the deceased’s immediate family and the people of the State took solace in the fact that, he lived an exemplary life, having contributed immensely to the development of the State.