Osun State Gov. Rauf Aregbesola, has tasked Muslims in the state and the world in general on the responsibility to champion love and peaceful co-existence among one another. He also charged Muslims to emulate the sterling character of Prophet Muhammad, imbibe whole-heartedly the lessons of Ramadan and put them into practical use in their everyday affairs both with fellow Muslims and people of other faiths.
Aregbesola made the admonition yesterday at the occasion of this year Eid-el-Fitr celebration pledged that development, peace and wellbeing of the people of the state would remain the focus agenda of his administration. He regretted the slow down developmental trend forced on the state by the downturn in national economy.
The Governor also promised that it would never renege on its pledge to ensure comfortable living for all the people of the state stating that the current challenge is temporary. Aregbesola said the government was poised to utilize the lessons of the national revenue crisis as a springboard to intensify the efforts to develop the natural potentials of the state to build a state that would be the envy of all.
He however commended the entire workers and pensioners in the state for their unrivaled endurance and resilience in the face of hardship caused by delay in payment of salaries. Quoting from Holy Qur’an Chapter 94 verse 6, which says: “So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief, “Aregbesola said, “It is the promise of Allah to His creatures that no matter the magnitude of hardship that comes their way, He (Allah) will unfailingly end it with comfort.
“After hardship comes ease. After a problem, solution (comes). So, no matter how hard a situation may appear, they will surely come succour from God. “I want our people, workers, traders, artisans, professional groups and others to know that ease, happiness, joy, prosperity will always come if we demonstrate courage, humility, stands firm in our faith, preach patience and love and remain on the path of God.
“We should know that only God brings affliction to mankind. And certainly, there is none, who can take it away and replace it with prosperity than Him (God). “I wish to thank all the people of Osun for their patience, love and support while the hardship lasted despite the evil machinations of some who see some opportunities to throw this state into confusion in the national revenue crisis.”
-Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo