Osun State governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday, congratulated the Muslim faithful on this year’s Hijrah, and called for endurance and patience in every Muslim’s way of life.
Aregbesola said this in a statement by the state Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, while felicitating with Nigerian Muslim Ummah on the occasion of another new year 1438 AH.
He stated that as Muslims entered a New Year, they must not only celebrate alone but strive, as part of what Allah commands them, to internalise the lessons of the essence of the Hijrah as exemplified by the uncommon patience and endurance of Prophet Muhammad in the face of hardship.
He enjoined Muslims, in the spirit of the New Year, to always forgive, eschew unhealthy rivalry, anti-social behaviour and above all, avoid all acts capable of attracting or causing crisis in the land.
In a related development, the Kano State government has declared Tuesday as public holiday to mark the beginning of the new year.
The state Commissioner of Information, Mr Muhammad Garba, made this known in a press statement made available in Kano State.
In the same vein, the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, accompanied by top government officials, visited some hospitals in the state capital to show sympathy with the sick and to pray for their speedy recuperation, in line with Islamic etiquette.