Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has called on Muslims nationwide to have strong conviction that the current economic hardship facing the country will soon fizzle out.
He said it was only with this conviction that the energy of all and sundry could be channelled towards, urging the people to endure for the good of the country and be prayerful.
This was contained in a message sent to adherents of the Islamic faith on the occasion the Eid-ul-Maolud (birthday of Prophet Muhammad) celebration on Monday.
Aregbesola, in a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said what the nation was going through was a lesson for the leaders and the led to act conscientiously.
This was also as he assured the people of Osun that his administration would not leave any abandoned project behind by the end of his tenure.
He admonished Muslims to emulate the humility, good neighbourliness, understanding and love exemplified by the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him.
According to him, Muslims must possess qualities such as commitment, discipline, obedience to and love of Allah, and apply same in their daily relationship to their fellow human beings irrespective of ethnic and religious differences.
He tasked the people of the state to live in peace and extend hands of fellowship to their neighbours so as for the peaceful and tranquil atmosphere the state had been enjoying in the last two years to continue unhindered.
“The time is tough no doubt. Our nation is going through socio-economic hardship but this is just a passing phase. All hands must therefore be on deck for us to move our country forward.
“We must stop paying leap service to fundamental necessities which are catalyst for development in order for our country to take its place in the comity of successful nations,” Aregbesola said.