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By: Ade Adeleke
The Olowa of Igbara-Oke kingdom in Ifedore local government area of Ondo state, His Royal Majesty, Oba Dr. Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede, on Monday felicitated Muslims in the community the State and Nigeria as they begin the holy month of Ramadan.
The monarch in his message said Ramadan fast teaches self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, tolerance, justice and empathy for the less privileged in the society.
Oba Agbede believed that the month of Ramadan is filled with blessings and it is appropriate to wish the Muslim brothers and sisters well at the beginning of the month.
He said the Holy Month of Ramadan is the period where the Muslims to observe dawn to dusk fast to cleanse the soul and come closer to Allah, the Most Beneficent, and the Most Merciful.
The monarch also hopes this Ramadan would promote continuous brotherhood, compassion and love for fellow citizens and strengthen the bond of unity and amity among different communities living in the state and the country.
According to him, the advent of the holy month of Ramadan is a renewed occasion to emphasize the fraternity and unity ties between the Muslim community and the need to remain attached to the fundamental values of religion tolerance.
He also urged them to use this season to intercede in prayer for Nigeria and her citizenry, also for the continued success of our dear governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
He therefore prayed to Almighty Allah to make this holy month a positive new beginning in the lives of everyone.