The Deji and Paramount Ruler of Akure kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi Odundun ll on Saturday hosted the 2nd annual IFTAR – Breaking of Ramadan Fast with Akure Muslim community in his Palace. The first class traditional ruler satated that the annual event is to demonstrate his love for the Muslim faithful and promote religious unity in his domain.
The second edition of Iftar with Deji was attended by dozens of faithful at the Palace yard.
Oba Aladetoyinbo declared that religious harmony in his domain among different faiths was responsible for rapid development and economic prosperity being witnessed and experienced by inhabitants of the Ondo state Capital City.
On the occasion, the Royal father who said he decided to start the iftar last year’s Ramadan for the first time in the history of the Deji’s Palace, acknowledged fervent prayers of the Muslim community for the growth, tranquility and progress of Akure.
“I appreciate Muslims prayers for me and this town Akure, we must reciprocate this gesture in a little way. Since last year that I started this iftar, I can feel and I know the rate at which this town is witnessing progress and tranquility. Please don’t relent in praying for us, I know Muslims will always pray with their heart. I thank you for your prayers always”.
The traditional ruler who declared every 27th of Ramadan as “IFTAR DAY WITH THE DEJI”, said such date was necessary to institutionalize the Islamic programme.
In his remark, the Grand Imam of Akure Kingdom Alhaji Abdulhakeem Yayi-Akorede described the gesture by the monarch as unprecedented in the history of Akure Kingdom.
Alhaji Akorede who also paid tribute to the immediate past Deji of Akure, late Oba Adebiyi Adesida who started the construction of first Mosque inside the Deji’s Palace, said the disposition and love of Oba Aladetoyinbo to Muslims since he ascended the throne few years ago as legendary.
The Chief Imam who said the Deji always attends Islamic programmes in Akure despite being a Christian, prayed for long reign and good health for Oba Aladetoyinbo to achieve further progress and development for Akure.
In a short address, the Caretaker Chairman of Akure South local government, Barrister Gbenga Olaniyi said the government of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would continue to support every religious group and would not discriminate against Islam.
Olaniyi also pledged the support of the local government to the sustenance of the Deji’s Iftar every year.
Other highlight of the event includes special Prayers, Modiu Nabiy, Reading from the holy Qurian, and breaking of fast with the Muslim faithful by the Royal father.
Important dignitaries at occassion includes Alhaji Mustapha Quadri the Seriki Musulumi of Akure, Alhaji Jimoh Soliu Obagbuagun, the Saaba of Akure Muslims, Chief Alasaro Adinni Alhaji Yusuf Oweh, Popular Islami Cleric Sheikh Kewugbemi, former Chairman Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board Alhaji Ibraheem Abiodun Jimoh, Alhaja Hon. F I Gidado, the Iya Adinni of Akure Kingdom and other Muslim women Chiefs, the Amirahs of all women organisations in Akure, AYIIS, youth organisations and many others too numerous to mention.