Mr Seyi Makinde, a former governorship candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Oyo State, has said that there is still hope of a prosperous Nigeria, despite the current economic challenges.
Makinde made the statement on Wednesday at the 3rd Seyi Makinde Ramadan Lecture held at the premises of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan on Wednesday.
He said that with prayers and absolute commitment of the people to its progress, the nation was sure of light at the end of the tunnel.
Makinde, who declined to make political comments, said that anyone who did not belong to his political camp belonged to no camp.
“I give thanks to God for witnessing another Ramadan. It is only by God’s grace that one is alive.
“I enjoined the people to keep faith with God because He is the merciful and benevolent in trying times,’’ he said.
Makinde enjoined Muslims to use the Ramadan period to seek forgiveness from God and repent wholeheartedly from their sinful deeds.
Alfa Atanda Bada, a guest lecturer, urged Muslims to have faith in God and take good care of their parents.
In his lecture entitled:“What is Faith and the Benefit of Being Faithful?’’ Bada said that the people should use the opportunity of Ramadan to rekindle their faith in God.
“Our people should redirect their ways to God. They should seek forgiveness of their sinful deeds and uphold righteousness,’’ he said.
The lecture was attended by Sheikh Abdul-Ganiy Abubakre, the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Chief Lekan Balogun, the Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Chief Lekan Alabi, Agbaakin of Ibadanland and Alhaji Kola Balogun.