13th August, 2010
The lawmaker representing Lagos Island Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Abdul Wahab Olawale Alawiye-King, has appealed to Muslims, especially politicians among them, to show mercy to the masses during and after the holy month of Ramadan.
In a message to Muslims at the commencement of this yearâ€™s Ramadan fasting, Alawiye-King noted that the 30-day exercise was an opportunity for the affluent to appreciate the suffering of majority of the masses who could not afford three meals a day.
â€œIt is for this particular reason that Islam teaches giving out Zakat so that the affluent could give out food, money and other valuables to the needy during the 30 days that the Ramadan fasting lasts and thereafter,â€ the lawmaker noted.
He added that during the period, Muslims are expected not only to preach mercy, peace and tolerance, but also to practice it by giving out gifts to people of little means.
The Chairman, House Committee on Education also advised politicians to ensure that the forthcoming elections are free of bitterness, rancour and thuggery in line with the spirit of the ongoing Ramadan.
â€œI use the opportunity of the Muslim fasting observed by faithful all over the world to appeal also to our fellow politicians to eschew bitterness during the 2011 poll.
â€œPoliticians who believed in capturing power at all costs should remember that peace is the watchword during this holy month,â€ he advised, while enjoining Muslims to continue with this spirit after the 30-day fasting period.