By Joy Odigie
Benin – Gov. Godwin Obaseki has charged Muslims in the state to continue to live in harmony with their Christian brothers and sisters, to strengthen the peaceful co-existence being enjoyed in the state.
The governor gave the charge when he hosted Muslims faithful to an event to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir at Government House in Benin on Friday.
Obaseki, who was represented by the Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Mr Osaze Osemwegie-Ero, said his administration would ensure peaceful co-existence between the all religious groups as a peaceful environment was necessary to deliver good governance to people of the State.
“I am quite happy with the unity and peaceful co-existence of our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters in the state.
“I want the peace and unity to continue as my vision is to ensure that the unity is sustained and strengthened,” he said.
In his remarks, the Chief Imam of Benin, Sheikh Abdulfatah Enabulele, who was represented by Alhaji Ismaila Enabulele, Acting Cheif Iman of the Benin Central Mosque, thanked the state governor for hosting them and providing Sallah gifts to Muslim communities In the state.
Enabulele also commended the state government’s support rendered to Muslim pilgrims who went to the Hajj and assured the government of their continuous support to ensure that the Obaseki led-administration succeeded.
He commended the stated governor for the inter-religious harmony being enjoyed in Edo, adding that peace was a pre-condition for development.
Enabulele urged all Muslims to imbibe the commandments of Allah and called on Nigerians to use the Sallah celebration to re-examine themselves, raise their level of commitment and be patriotic to the nation. (NAN)
By Joy Odigie