The Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC) began its activities marking the new celebration of Hegira 1443 in the state.
OSMC President Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi at a press conference in Osogbo on Sunday highlighted the events planned for the Hegira New Year celebration.
Olawuyi, who spoke through OSMC First Vice President Alhaji Sodiq Bola Bello, said the celebration was very important and worth it, but noted that the New Year would not be not celebrated with the usual amusements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “This year’s schedule like the Christmas of the past would not be celebrated with fun due to the COVID’19 pandemic.”
He said that a Quran contest will be held on Monday August 2 at OSMC Hall, followed by a conference on Wednesday on the theme: “Tackling insecurity in Nigeria: the roles of religious organizations”.
He said that a Jumu’at service at the central mosque, Oja-Oba, Osogbo will be held on Friday while a youth forum will be held on Saturday where young Muslims will learn various professional skills, including how to produce liquid soap and body cream.
He added that a stakeholder meeting will be held on Monday August 9, 2021 which is Muharam 1, 1443AH and this Hijrah conference with the theme: “Level of insecurity in Nigeria; Tilting Towards Anarchy: Islamic Solutions ”will 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 the grand imam of Osun, Shaykh Musa Animasahun will be the spiritual father of the day, he said.
Speaking on the state of the nation, Olawuyi said “we would like to reiterate that the federal government should not relax its efforts in the fight against terrorism, kidnappings and the fight against bandits”.
“The community salutes the effort of the federal government’s commitment with the purchase of advanced military equipment to continue the insurgencies, it is our prayer that Allah grants success to our soldiers.”
“Security is everyone’s business, Nigerians must be security minded and help the government expose disbelievers and malicious elements in society.”
“The agitation to break up Nigeria is unwarranted. The unifying units of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should see strength in the unity and consolidation of the achievements of the ancestors of Nigeria.
“All segments of our government are called to have a round table with all aggrieved units and a way forward to a great and united Nigeria.”
Olawuyi expressed his gratitude to the government of Osun State for supporting the partnership with OSMC on the celebration of Hijrah and for maintaining the Hijrah holiday in the state.