Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has urged Muslims all over the world to focus more on eradicating poverty in the society by sharing their wealth, possessions and knowledge.
The governor stated this in a statement on Monday signed by his Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri.
Makinde admonished Muslims around the world to imbibe the culture of sharing love, kindness and to promote humanity, adding that if those with affluence and wealth could share from their possessions, the rate of poverty in Nigeria and the world would reduce.
The statement reads: “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 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 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.”