15th September, 2010
The Chairman of Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria,Â Mr. Akeem Omoyele Sulaimon, has started mobilising residents for votersâ€™ registration andÂ urged Muslims to maintain the spirit of Ramadan, asking them to continue their good deedsÂ after the fasting period.
Speaking with LG Circuit, Sulaimon said the purpose of fasting is to reawaken in Muslims,Â Godâ€™s consciousness in their relationship with people.
â€œThe lessons of the month should be put into practice. The rich should extend theirÂ generosity to the less privileged after Ramadan, he stated, noting that the act of givingÂ does not stop in Ramadan, rather, it should serve as a means of training Muslims to beÂ concerned about the welfare of others.
He urged Nigerians to eschew violence and other vices, especially that the general electionsÂ is around the corner.
The chairman said he has started to mobilise the people of the council area ahead theÂ forthcoming registration of voters as well as sensitising them on the 2011 poll.
With the mobilisation, he said the people have come to the realisation that they cannot justÂ fold their arms and wish for good things, they also need to work for it.
According to him, â€œnobody will just come to this LCDA and hoodwink the people. We haveÂ discerning people who will stand up for their rights; people who are informed and sensitisedÂ about the need to ensure that they register because that is the weapon with which they canÂ determine who will lead them.â€