The Chief Imam of Osogboland, Alhaji Sheik Musa Animasaun on Friday, 17th July, 2015, told a huge congregation of Muslim faithful to realise why the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, cannot be accused of being the architect of delay in the payment of salaries in the state.
The cleric, at the praying ground marking the end of Ramadan fasting period at the state capital, said those focusing on Aregbesola are only dissipating energy as he said there is a malady afflicting the national economy for which Nigerians must seek God’s favour and interventions.
His sermons came amidst a huge crowd that set the capital agog for the Governor as popular streets of Oke-fia through Alekuwodo-Olaiya-Popo-Ojaba to Oke Baale was marked by excited residents who struggled to show their support for the governor.
Huge crowd of people followed the governor from the streets to join their Muslim counterpart who have converged at the praying ground to observe this year’s Eid prayers.
Some individuals and groups at the praying ground were seen carrying placards at the end of prayers with different inscriptions like; ”Osun needs prayers; Nigeria needs prayers”,
“Ogbeni! Allah is with you” and “Aregbesola, continue to stand by Allah. He solves all challenges” “Dont stigmatise Aregbesola over salaries”, “Aregbe, maa ba sere lo” among many others.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam of Osogboland admonished people to desist from sins that they have eschewed during Ramadan, adding that the economic woes the nation is witnessing is as a result of sin.
He commended governor Aregbesola for the development he has brought to Osun, admonishing him to always seek God’s face in times like this.
The Chief Imam urged people of the state to be prayerful and put their trust in God.
He pointed out that, all that is happening in the country as regards unpaid salaries plaguing both Federal and state governments are not man-made but manifestations of God’s wrath.
The cleric lauded the state government for the truce reached with workers and the commencement of payment of backlog of salaries in the state.
In his words “All of us should put our trust in God and desist from sin, because it is sin that has brought us to where we are in the country and the state. Everything that is happening is the visitation of God on our sins, we need to turn to God to heal our land.
“We have noticed that the issue of salary in the state is getting solution, we must continue to pray that all his strategies to take Osun to beautiful height of his dream will come to fruition.
“We are all witnesses to the transformation that Aregbesola has brought to the state, the state is blessed with him. No government in the history of the state has done what he has done, we should continue to pray that those are yet to understand his vision come to quick understanding”.
The governor, after the prayers, told journalists that his government is better prepared to reverse the downward development trend forced on the state by the downturn in national economy and its attendant financial crisis of the past six months.
Aregbesola also commended the entire workers and pensioners in the state for their unrivalled endurance and resilience in the face of hardship caused by non-payment of salaries.
He stated that with the payment of January and February salaries, government has commence the repositioning of the state for the better, promising that workers’ welfare will continue to be top on his administration’s agenda.
“I want our people, particularly the workers, to know that ease, happiness, joy, prosperity will always come if we demonstrate humility, stands firm in our faith, preach patience and love and remain on the path of God.
Speaking earlier in his sermon, Ustaz Kamildeen Raji commended the administration of governor Aregbesola for his lofty ideas of governance in the state, saying the feeding of school children and other infrastructure development will not be forgotten in a hurry in the history of the state.
He charged the governor to be focused and not distracted with the present situation of the state, adding that their is no human being or entity in this world that is not prone to challenge.
The cleric said “Everybody here for prayer should endeavour to pray for the state and the governor, despite all the challenges that Nigeria is going through which is also affecting our state. I believe that with prayers, there will be light at end of the tunnel.
” I charge our governor not to be weary in well doing, every government has its challenges, the present challenge will soon be a thing of the past, there has never been any government that Osun has witnessed that has surpassed what Aregbesola has done.
“If we begin to count, we will not leave this place, is it the feeding of our children or the employment given to over 20,000 of our children, or the good roads that we are enjoying. Let us continue to pray for Osun, all will be well”. .
The cleric who condemned the act of terrorism held that Boko Haram has nothing to do with Islam, and that Islam in no way support the killing of human being.