Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has felicitated Muslims on the celebration of Eid-el-Fitri, which signifies the end of fasting in the holy of Ramadan.
Abiodun, who noted that fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islamic faith, felicitated Muslims in the state for seeing the end of 29 days of spiritual exercise.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, on Saturday, however, enjoined the Muslim faithful to continue to hold on to the piety and spiritual elevation attained during the fasting.
He noted that though the country is passing through some challenges, Muslims deserve to celebrate the end of the month of mercy and forgiveness.
Abiodun, however, urged the people to celebrate with moderation and ensure they share with the less privileged.
He further urged them to pray for peace in the country and the state, assuring that his administration will continue to create conducive atmosphere to enhance economic development and growth.
Reiterating his position during the Ramadan Lecture held on Friday, with the them “Get Rich Quick Syndrome: Refocusing the Nigerian Youths for a greater future,” Gov. Abiodun said it is most unfortunate that youths of today prefer to cut corners to get things done quickly.
The governor, who lamented that it was sad that the younger population were not ready to wait again, but to get rich quickly, added that the society is now faced with myriad of challenges more than ever before.
“All issues of kidnapping, ritual killing, robbery and other prevailing vices in our society are alien to us, many of us parents have not lived up to our responsibility, we aren’t paying attention to our children, we do not ask them questions, we do not talk to them.
“Our youths these days want to cut corners to get things done and their is no society where you cut corners and you don’t have problems, we now have a younger population that are not ready to wait again, they want to get rich quick and thereby engage in many untoward activities, therefore, our society is now faced with a myriad of challenges more than ever before,” he said.
While noting that it is important to carry along the youth, he said that the population of youths in the country as at today is about 33% of the population of the country which stands at about Two hundred Million.
Abiodun called on government, parents, guardians,school administrators, religious leaders and other stakeholders to come together to chart a course to harness the raw energies of youths in the country towards positive enterprise, said that parents must take up their jobs as parents and appreciate the fact that they have the divine responsibility for the proper upbringing of children as the entire process of socialization starts from the home.
While challenging parents and guardians to note that it is their responsibility to provide a solid foundation for the socialization of their children before they go into the world, charged other critical stakeholders to continue to impress on the youth population the positive values and ideals of hard work, perseverance, commitment, believe and trust in God .
While wishing Muslims faithful a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration, the governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to the provision and delivery of good governance to the people of the state