-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA): By Albert OGRAKA:
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh FCNA, CrFA, has described this year’s Eid el Fitr celebrations as sobering with great lessons learnt following stringent restrictions that were in place during the fasting period, in the wake of the Covid 19 epidemic.
Bashorun Askia in a Sallah message released in Warri, Sunday, said despite the heavy burden placed on Muslims during the period, “the fasting was successful and the spirits of all Muslim faithful were lifted high. And it is without doubt that God answered all supplications and rewarded accordingly.”
While congratulating all the faithful for this year’s celebrations, Bashorun Askia said “I am grateful to God for guiding all Muslims through a successful fasting and I pray that the lessons of Ramadan; piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be rewarded accordingly by the Almighty God.”
Bashorun Askia urged all Muslims “to imbibe and demonstrate the lessons of kindness, tolerance and submission to higher authority and always put Nigeria first in all endeavours. We must keep hold of the excellent and wonderful things the holy month of Ramadan signifies.”
He said witnessing another Eid el Fitri is a special privilege from God who has control over the destiny of man and therefore prayed that all may look forward to a much more fulfilling and rewarding future..