Let me start by saying Ramadhan Kareem to all our Muslim faithful.
I congratulate His Eminence, the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Sulaiman Abou-Nolla, eminent clerics and the entire Muslim Ummah in Lagos State on the commencement of this year’s fasting. We give praise to almighty Allah for sparing our lives to witness yet another Ramadan and we pray that He will grant us the grace to witness the end and many more of this great month of Ramadan.
This holy month is one full of blessings for all faithful. It is a celebration of a tradition and a key pillar of lslam that has been practiced for 1,440 years. Every year, we are called to pause and reflect on our lives; how we are serving the Almighty, how we are serving our fellow human beings, our nation and our State.
I call on all our people and in particular our Muslim brethren to avail ourselves of the training and serenity that Ramadan provides; to cleanse our hearts and enrich our souls. This is a time to rededicate ourselves to the good of humanity, the development and progress of our dear State, and our great country, Nigeria.
In a few days from now, the tenure of this administration will come to an end. This occasion therefore provides for me a unique opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to the entire Muslim community in the State for your support, prayers and contributions as citizens to the successes we have achieved. We also thank the Almighty for His innumerable blessings on us as one strong united family.
We have built a good partnership, worked peacefully in an atmosphere devoid of religious conflict and together, we have achieved so much in these four years. Our administration, to the best of our ability fulfilled our promises to the people as can be seen in different sectors of the State.
However, there is still so much more to be done and I am very confident that the best days of our State are still ahead of us. The good news is that the foundation has been laid and we are on the right track to attaining the next level of development, prosperity and social security for our people.
All that we need to do, as citizens is to continue to cooperate with the government and support our leaders with prayers for divine wisdom and guidance.
The Chief Imam of Lagos, other Chief Imams, my ever-supportive clerics, brothers and sisters, I want to sincerely appreciate and thank you for all your prayers and support in the last four years. Only Allah can reward you for all your love and cooperation.
Once again, I felicitate with you on this occasion and wish you an enriching and most rewarding fasting in this holy month of Ramadan.
I thank you all.
Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa logun!
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
Governor of Lagos State,
6th May, 2019.