Following the on-going Covid-19 lockdown in the State, organisers of the annual S.O.B Agunbiade Ramadan Lecture have announced the postponement of the annual event, in compliance with the lockdown directive.
However, Hon. S.O.B Agunbiade’s Onward Movement of Nigeria, organisers of the event have chosen to commemorate the event with the distribution of Ramadan Iftar / Covid-19 Relief packs to thousands of Muslim faithfuls across Ikorodu.
This decision was communicated through a press statement made available to Ikorodu Oga Radio.
It would be recalled that, Hon S.O.B Agunbiade, Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly hosts thousands of Muslim faithfuls to an annual Ramadan Lecture and Breaking of Fast. But for the lockdown, this year’s edition marks the 10th edition of the event.
‘Were it not for the battle against covid19 that has imposed social distancing as a precaution at this period, we would have been preparing for the 10th edition of our annual Ramadan Lecture and Iftar( feeding of faithful’.
According to the Majority Leader, ‘We had proposed May 6th for the lecture themed:” *Powerless conscience in the hands of conscienceless power* ” to be delivered by the seasoned Islamic Lecturer Sheik (Dr) Abdul Lateef Abdul-Akeem’, he said.
He added that, ‘the theme was borne out of inspiration to encourage every victim of power game or arbitrary use of power, (in all forms) not to despair as God is always bending the knee of conscience-less power for powerless conscience. Examples are replete in the Holy Quran’.
Hon Agunbiade however regretted that, ‘this lecture will not hold in congregation because we have to observe social distancing, I resolved therefore to post the theme for our individual appraisal and see how it applies to us and our state in life’.
‘Moreso, that everyone has one form of power or another, we need to ponder and check how we apply our conscience to the power we hold and use. Does our use of power recognise humanity, equity, justice and fair play or do we use our power indiscriminately, assuming the seemingly status of God who only, cannot be questioned yet exceptionally considerate in his use of supernatural powers on mankind’.
The Majority Leader advised, community and family heads, captains of industries, head of institutions, associations or groups in different shades, to apply good conscience to the power you hold and use bearing in mind that all powers are mere privileges from God.
‘In spite of the difficulties of this time, I assure that this year’s Iftar will still be activated, but as a special package for Muslim faithful and second round of personally procured relief packs for our non Muslim brothers and sisters’, he stated.
‘We shall also use the opportunity to distribute the cartons of Covid-19 relief received from the Lagos State Government for my constituency’.
‘As this package is loading, I wish all of us God’s abundant blessings, protection cast in steel and enduring grace, this Ramadan and beyond. Stay blessed and continue to keep safe’, he concluded.