The Oyo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday commended Muslims in the state for complying with the state government’s directives on the Eid-el-Fitri celebration in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
In a statement signed by the body’s Chairman, Pastor Benjamin Akanmu, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan, Akanmu felicitated with Muslims on the successful completion of the 30-day fasting exercise. He particularly commended them for observing the Eid-el-Fitri prayer in their various homes in compliance with government’s directives.
“On behalf of the entire Christians in Oyo State, I congratulate all Muslims throughout the world, particularly those in Oyo State on the Eid-el- Fitri celebration.
He described as “highly commendable” their obedience to the directive on public gathering, which he said signified the humility in Yoruba culture.
“We as religious leaders should not forget to continue to lead by example. Moreso, we are directed by God to honour and obey the laws of the land as well as those in authority,” he said.
The CAN chairman admonished all Nigerians to be patient with the government and support every efforts put in place to drive COVID-19 out of Nigeria.
Akanmu urged Muslims to always apply the lessons learnt during the holy month to every aspect of their lives and relationship with other people.
The CAN chairman stressed the need for both Muslims and Christians to comply with the restriction order, as well as with other guidelines reeled out by the government.
“With the collective efforts of all, we can kick the stubborn virus out of Nigeria. We must not relent in contributing to the religious harmony enjoyed in the state, while also praying for the nation.
”I will love to implore you all to continue to pray for our state and Nigeria as a nation to ensure that the country survive the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.