The CEO Safeway Drilling, Oloye Abiola Iyiola expressed that “missing the Eid custom this year is a small price to pay to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and the society safe and thereby urged everyone to share the happiness of this year Eid-el-Fitr festival with the poor and the needy.
The General Secretary, Ibadan Descendants’ Union, USA in a statement which he tagged “Celebrating a Sober Eid this year” and made available to OYOMIND.COM.NG read:
“Eid has always been a celebration I look forward to. It’s always fulfilling to have family and friends fill the house, eating, drinking, and reminiscing on old times giving thanks to God for his protection.
“However, this year’s Eid, which I have tagged the sober Eid is one that reminds me how alone we are in this world no matter the number of friends, family or acquaintances we gather during our lifetime on earth, it still remains a LONE TRAVEL.
“Although, I’m intentionally stuck in Ibadan due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. I can’t host family nor friends and even the moon-sighting decided to respect social distancing by delaying its appearance. So, who am I not to practice the social distancing rule? Well, that’s on a lighter note.
“The world is still battling a ferocious enemy that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, infected more than five million and devastated the global economy in a way the world has never seen. The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented in scale and impact. And the painful truth is that we have yet to get a credible scientific study on when this vicious virus will be beaten, or when its spread will decline.
“I’ve also reflected so much more on death and the fragility of life as I reflect on those who have recently passed away. I lost two of my family members – Alhaja Adijat Lawal and Prof. Lasun Emiola during this lockdown. Death is the ultimate reminder, and we should reflect deeply on death to center life’s purpose. God takes those we love away as a reminder to us to live in this life/world as if we are passing by.
“Well, my point is we are born alone and we will report to our Maker on that day alone. Be accountable for your life and actions and avoid being a people pleaser. Be responsible for your happiness, so far you do not sink another’s boat because at the end, IT’S YOU ALONE!
“Missing the Eid customs this year is a small price to pay to keep ourselves, our loved ones, and the society safe. Despite the temptation, I will be staying home. The spirit of the Eid comes from our willingness to share its joy with our families and friends. Let’s share the happiness with the poor and the needy.” He concludes