April 15, 2024
Africa News Nigeria


Dear brothers and Sisters in Islam.

On behalf of the Clergy, Consecrated Persons and lay people of the catholic Diocese of Oyo we wish to felicitate with you, our dear brothers and sisters as you begin to observe one of the most beautiful tenets of Islam, the Ramadan Fast. The Almighty Allah, who permits all that is good, must have a hand in the coincidence that you are beginning this noble spiritual exercise while Christians are still celebrating the joy of Easter. We thank God for sparing our lives and for limiting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our dear country Nigeria. May he continue to protect us all.

Dear friends, we all feel most concerned about the current rate of violence, kidnapping, banditry and bloodshed in our country. We must all be concerned about the current siege imposed on Yorubaland through violent kidnapping, rape and killing of women, farmers and even ordinary citizens while going about their lawful duties. This is happening to Christians and Muslims alike and is making day- to- day living and livelihood difficult for all. Ours is a culture that respects the sanctity of life and the rights of all citizens while protecting harmonious coexistence. Therefore, as Muslims and Christians we must join hands together and promote the virtues of equity, justice and peace so as to return our society to the path of serenity and prosperity.

As Catholics we are open to work with you for fruitful and holistic human development which will enhance the future of our children and society. On this note we pray for our religious and political leaders that the Almighty Allah may help them to lead us aright. As we pray for your successful observation of this holy season we assure you of our goodwill and pray that your supplication may bring peace to our world, our country and to Yorubaland in particular. Wishing you a blessed month of Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem!!! Ma Sallam!!!

ูˆูู‚ู†ุง ุงู„ู„ู‡. ุขู…ูŠู†

Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejoย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Rev. Fr Joseph Wale Ogundipe

Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Oyoย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Diocesan Director of IRD

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