the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has advised Muslims in the state to carry on with the lessons of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Ambode said by maintaining the virtues of holy living, love, kindness, compassion and peaceful coexistence, the true essence of the period would be manifest and the society would be the better for it.
A statement on Wednesday said the governor spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja, at a special Eid-el-Fitri celebration organised by the state government to mark the end of Ramadan fasting.
The event, which attracted hundreds of Muslims to the government house to celebrate with the governor and his family, was also attended by the members of the State Executive Council.
Ambode, who said this year’s Ramadan was unique because the 30-day fasting period was fully observed, thanked the Muslim faithful for their prayers, urging them to continue to support the policies of the state and the Federal Government.
He said, “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.
“While thanking everyone that has spared time to join us in this get-together, I enjoin Muslim faithful and, indeed, all Lagosians to sustain the lessons of Ramadan.”
The governor’s wife, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, said there was the need for all Muslims to remember the essence of the holy month, adding that the period was for renewal of faith and spiritual cleansing.
“It is important for us to continue with the principles of the holy month. Ramadan represents love, peace, kindness, compassion and peaceful coexistence. Prophet Muhammed held these principles in high esteem and lived his whole life around them.
“As brothers, sisters, neighbours and 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 a true meaning to Ramadan,” she said.