The Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC) has commenced activities marking the new Hijrah year 1443 celebration in the state.
The President of OSMC, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi at a press conference in Osogbo on Sunday highlighted events line up for the new Hijrah year celebration.
Olawuyi who spoke through OSMC First Vice Chairman, Alhaji Sodiq Bola Bello said the celebration is very significant and worth it but he noted that the new year would not be celebrated with the usual funfare because of COVID-19 pandemic.
He said “This year’s programme like yuletide of the past would not be celebrated with funfare due to COVID’19 pandemic.”
He said a Qur’an competition will hold Monday, August 2 at OSMC Hall followed by a colloquium on Wednesday with the theme: “Curbing Insecurity in Nigeria: The Roles of Religious Bodies.”
He said a Jumu’at Service at the Central Mosque, Oja-Oba, Osogbo will hold on Friday while a Youth Forum will hold on Saturday where young Muslims would learn various vocational skills, including how to produce liquid soap and body cream.
He added that a stakeholders’ meeting will hold on Monday, August 9, 2021 which is Muharam 1, 1443AH and that Hijrah Lecture with the theme: “Insecurity Level in Nigeria; Tilting Towards Anarchy: Islamic Solutions” to be delivered by Professor Hamid Sanni, Vice Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo.
Oba Abdul-Rasheed Ayotunde Olabomi, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji will be the royal father of the day while Grand Imam of Osun, Shaykh Musa Animasahun would be the spiritual Father of the Day, he said.
Speaking on the state of the nation, Olawuyi said “we would want to reiterate that the Federal Government should not relent its efforts in fighting terrorism, kidnappings, and fighting bandits.”
“The community commends the effort of the Federal Government’s commitment with the purchase of the state of the art military equipment to prosecute the insurgencies, it is our prayer that Allah grants our soldiers success.”
“The security is every body’s business, Nigerians should be security conscious and assist the government in exposing miscreants and mischievous elements in the society.”
“The agitation to breakup Nigeria is uncalled for. The federating units of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should see strength in unity and consolidation of Nigeria forefathers’ achievements.”
“All the segments of our government are called upon to have roundtable discussion with all the aggrieved units and a way forward towards a formidable and united Nigeria”.
Olawuyi expressed gratitude to the Osun State Government for sustaining the partnerhip with OSMC on Hijrah of celebration and and upholding Hijrah holiday in the state.