Let Purity Extend Beyond Ramadan Period, First Lady Appeals to Muslim Faithful

•Obi continues fraternal visits to mosques 

•Awka, Onitsha muslims hail ex-Anambra gov over food, cash donations

Deji Elumoye, Chuks Okocha in Abuja and David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has called on Muslim faithful to allow the purity and godliness currently being exhibited to extend beyond the Ramadan period.

Also, as the Ramadan enters its last ten days, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, has stepped up his fraternal visits to Muslim communities across the country.

At the same time, the Muslim community in Awka and Onitsha, both in Anambra State, have thanked Obi for remaining a strong pillar to them.

However, Mrs. Tinubu gave the charge on Tuesday at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja during Iftal (breaking of Ramadan fast) she organised for federal female legislators, former first ladies, and governors’ wives, among others.

According to a release by her media aide, Busola Kukoyi, Tinubu noted that the various programmes by her husband, President Bola Tinubu, were all on track, and the results were beginning to be visible for all to see.

“This is a very solemn time, the time that we  are supposed to reflect and also ask God for the forgiveness, where we have erred and do better.

“This time should not just end after 30-days fasting and prayers, we should take it into the way Nigeria is going to be at the horizon.

“Nigeria is on the path of greatness, things cannot be done the same way, it used to be. We have to do whatever it takes to turn things around,” she said.

She, therefore, urged the women to also support one another in order to get the nation fully back on track, reiterating that the nation would be greater and that citizens would be happy once there was love, peace and harmony.

Wife of the Vice-President, Hajia Nana Shettima, who spoke earlier, appreciated Mrs Tinubu for all she had done for the nation.

She urged all women to support the current government and the programmes of the first lady through the Renewed Hope Initiative, urging women to remember the nation in their prayers, especially in these last 10 days of Ramadan.

The guest lecturer, Professor Marian  Lemu, advised women to remember that God created humans equal, and urged them not to forget all they learnt during Ramadan, and continue in that line.

Obi Continues Fraternal Visits to Mosques

With Ramadan in its last ten days, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, has stepped up his fraternal visits to Muslim communities across the country.

So far, Obi has visited several mosques in many states in the northern part of the country, where he fraternised with Muslim clerics, donated food items as well as broke fast with Muslims.

One of Obi’s media handlers, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, once said his principal’s visits to mosques was not political campaigns but to douse feelings that he only visited churches during the presidential election last year

On his latest visits to mosques, Obi Shared photos on his official X page, saying he was in Awka, Anambra State capital, where he interacted and enjoyed the conviviality of the Muslim community there.

“This is a routine I started since my days as the Governor of Anambra State and I have maintained. I shared in the blessings of the Ramadan fasting and prayers while enjoining them, and every Nigerian, to continue to pray for the nation, especially as we are now in the last 10 days of the Ramadan season, which are very significant.

“I encouraged them, and every Nigerian, not to be dispirited by the present myriad of challenges facing the nation, but, in love and unity, continue to work together for the progress of the nation.

“The hunger we experience, the insecurity that ravages our nation, the corruption that pervades every aspect of our national existence, and the poverty that has continued to spread through the country are all affecting every one of us irrespective of our religion or tribe.”

He stressed that “only by a collective resolve to move our nation from consumption to production, can we triumph over our many challenges. This we will do by cultivating the vast arable lands in the North, which will enable us to feed ourselves and export food to the world.”

To that extent, the Muslim communities in Awka and Onitsha, have thanked Obi for remaining a strong pillar to them.

Obi was in Onitsha and Awka mosques to felicitate with Muslims for the Ramadan fast, where he donated cash and food items to them, and urged them to use the opportunity of the period to pray for Nigeria.

The leadership of the Muslim  communities in both cities voiced their unwavering support and heartfelt prayers to Obi for his leadership role in Nigeria.

At the Central Mosque in Awka, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, the South East Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah, praised Obi for his consistent presence in areas where his support is needed all over the country.

Similarly, Alhaji Garba Sarki, the leader of the Awka Muslim Community, said he was not surprised that Obi visited Muslim communities in both Onitsha and Awka to break the Ramadan fast.

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