Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has urged Muslims around the world to imbibe the culture of sharing of love and kindness to promote humanity.
Makinde said this in his message to Muslims in the State on the occasion of Eid-Il-Fitr celebration contained in a statement signed by his Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka on Monday.
The federal government has announced Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th June as a public holiday for Sallah celebration.
The governor stated in the statement that Muslims all over the world should focus more on eradicating poverty in the society by sharing from their wealth, possessions and knowledge.
He maintained that if those with affluence and wealth could share from their possessions, the rate of poverty in Nigeria and the world would reduce.
“All the holy books have taught us that when we make others happy, the tendency that we will be happy is very high. Those who are poor today were not just destined to be poor and the same goes for those that are rich. It is just a matter of opportunity.
“So if I am opportuned to be rich, my goal should be to create means of making others rich and make the circle go round like that.
“The concept of being our brother’s keeper means that we make those around us happy and we should use this period of Eid El Fitr to reach out to the less privileged in the society and make them happy.
“Our government has assured all citizens of Oyo State of a change in their standard of living for good. Leadership is about compassion. It is about the care and our administration’s roadmap will focus primarily on that.
“Let us all teach our children to share love and compassion especially to those that are not as affluent as we are and God in his infinite mercy will multiply our blessings,” he said.