By Henry Odeh
Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus has enjoined all Muslims in the state to intensify prayers in unison for the government of Oyo state under the leadership of governor Seyi Makinde as it continued to battle the dreaded pandemic amidst very scarce resources.
The PDP Whip of the 9th assembly, Honourable Olajide Akintunde in a statement made available to sunrisebulletin.com on Wednesday in Ibadan expressed confidence in the state supremacy of God over all things including man made stressing that nothing is impossible with God.
Hon Akintunde popularly known as AKT stated that the state government and its COVID-19 Taskforce was already been overstretched considering the availability of resources at its disposal as well as the dwindling oil price which will adversely affect state monthly allocation from federal purse.
The statement reads in part: “We as lawmakers of the PDP family at the Oyo state house of assembly wish to felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters in Oyo state for another wonderful year of Ramadan.
“The executive governor of Oyo state, Engr Seyi Makinde and the state COVID-19 Taskforce are doing tremendously well by keeping the number of confirmed cases very low considering the population of the state, and we must be resolved to give necessary supports to enable the team led by the governor to continue to keep us all safe.
“We know that the road so far has been tough and rough but it is our belief that God in his infinite powers may just be trying to teach mankind some very important lessons considering the fact that nothing happens without His knowledge.
“It is from this backdrop that we earnestly call on all our Muslim brothers and sisters especially during this year’s ramadan to channel prayers to God in unison for his mercies and to bring total healing to our land from the ravaging disease.
“We urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to therefore, shun all forms of disobedience to government directives with regards to safety guidelines and precautions while observing the ramadan fasting as the virus is respecter of no one regardless of our social status or religious beliefs.
“Our resolve to sacrifice in whatever little way both individually and collectively as a people committed to a common course of our dear state regardless of our differences must now be even greater as we continue to battle the common enemy called COVID-19, and we believe that we shall come out of this dark period triumphantly and as a better people.”
Hon Akintunde who is also the chairman, house committee on commerce and cooperatives, charged residents to be determined and be prepared not to be dismayed by whatever challenges the coming week brings even as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria continue to soar.