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By: Ade Adeleke
In line with his annual provision of food to Muslims in his domain during yearly Ramadan fast, the current COVID-19 pandemic lockdown did not prevent the Deji and the Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II from doing same this year.
The foremost monarch yeaterday at his palace gave palliatives to some selected members of the Muslim Community in Akure Kingdom.
This is sequel to the cancellation of the annual royal iftar which is usually hosted by the Monarch.
The Press Secretary to the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Mr. Michael Adeyeye who announced the cancellation of the annual iftar said it was due to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
“It is regrettable that we cannot congregate in large number at this critical time, hence, the need to cancel this year iftar,” the press secretary said.
Oba Aladetoyinbo urged the Muslim community to continue to pray for peace to return to all nations of the world.
“It is obvious that we cannot have the annual iftar but I must do the needful to put smile on the face of our Muslim brothers and sisters. I am sure you never stopped praying for the nation and the whole world at large during this trying time,” the Akure Monarch said.
Oba Aladetoyinbo who commended the Muslim Community for complying with government directives on closure of worship places, shared foodstuffs for the faithful.
Deji said that he was fully aware of the total compliance of the Muslim community. This is indeed a show of leadership and strict adherence to the teachings of prophet Mohammed (SAW).
In his response, the Chief Imam of Akure Kingdom, Alhaji (Sheikh) Abudlhakeem Yayi Akorede appreciated Oba Aladetoyinbo for the kind gesture and support for the Muslim community.
The religious leader said that the Palace through the monarch had always supported the Muslim.
Alhaji Akorede urge the Monarch to continue with his good deed and support for the Muslim, “you gave us a mosque which was commissioned last year by the Sultan of Sokoto. This act speaks volume of the kind of respect you have for the Muslim.”
Other Muslim faithful at the event, Alhaja Giddado and Alhaji Jimoh Ibrahim also thanked the monarch on behalf of the beneficiaries of the palliative.
They prayed that the Almighty Allah will continue to bless the Deji and the entire Akure Kingdom.