July 31, 2020
EID-EL-KABIR CELEBRATION: BARRISTER OTEGBEYE (BOT) URGES MUSLIMS TO EMULATE THE PIOUS LIFESTYLE OF PROPHET IBRAHIM
In a press statement issued today to mark this year's Eid-El-Kabir celebration, Otegbeye stated: “I join the Muslim faithful to celebrate and share the joy of this year's Eid-El-Kabir. It pleases Allah (the most beneficent, the most merciful and the most magnificent) to make us witness another celebration, and we are grateful to Him. I look forward to a delightful and splendid festivity.
“This is a season of sobriety. It is expected that, at this time, Muslims exhibit the ennobling and time-honoured attributes that the Islamic religion profess, which include peace, sacrifice, love and charity. This season reminds one of the obedient and pious lifestyle of Prophet Ibrahim which all Muslims must emulate to be counted as worthy believers in the sight of Allah”.
While admonishing Muslims to eschew religious bigotry and violence, Otegbeye urged them to be their brothers' keeper, and respect the rights of other religions in order to encourage peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.
He called on celebrants to exercise some caution in this year's celebrations, adding that “even in our joyous mood, we should take precautionary measures and adhere strictly to the safety protocols of government and other regulatory authorities because of the ongoing challenges of coronavirus pandemic”.
Otegbeye prayed for hitch-free celebrations across the country, beseeching Allah to guide against any form of mishap or untoward occurrence.
Issued by Barrister Biyi Otegbeye's Media Office
30th July, 2020