Prof Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin ( Unilorin), has urged members of the University community, especially the Muslims, to reflect on the essence of Ramadan in their lifestyles.
He urged Muslims to continuously reflect on the practice of probity, discipline and fidelity, which characterised the sacred season of annual Ramadan fast.
Abdulkareem gave the admonition in a Sallah message he sent to the members of the University Muslim community on the successful completion of the 30 days of fasting and the consequent celebration of Eid-el-Fitri festival.
The statement was signed by Kunle Akogun, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs.
The V-C thanked the almighty Allah for the privilege granted the Muslim staff, students and other stakeholders of the University to participate in all the spiritually-enabling activities associated with the Ramadan.
He expressed the conviction that those who faithfully observed the religious injunction must have been properly nurtured and tutored on the essence of life, which he said, is ‘living for others’.
Abdulkareem encouraged the members of the University community to embrace communality, selflessness, dignity, integrity and cooperation in the course of the discharge of their responsibilities to the institution.
The Vice-Chancellor said that no sincere Muslim would or should forget, ignore or disregard all he went through in the month of Ramadan which he described as a spiritual rebirth.
He added that no one knows if he would live to witness another Ramadan.
“We must hold tightly to the gains of the previous one month by ensuring a life of purity and decency in the interest of personal progress and collective development that are needed at this challenging time and the unknown future we all face.
“Despite the huge challenges confronting the nation at the moment, the situation is still redeemable.
“If Muslims and Christians, who constitute the greatest percentage of the nation’s population, can hold tenaciously to the teachings of their respective faiths, the problems will become a thing of the past,” he said.
AbdulKareem, who is also the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU), specifically congratulated the Chairman of the University of Ilorin Muslim Community, Prof. Ibraheem Katibi.
He also sent Sallah greetings to the Chief Imam of the University’s Central Mosque, Prof. Nasir AbdusSalam, and other stakeholders for their commitments to the spiritual growth of the Muslim staff and students, not only during the month of Ramadan but beyond.
The V-C said that their efforts were well appreciated by the University’s administration. (NAN)
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