12 September 2016
Chief Imam of Bauchi Central Mosque, Sheikh Ahmed Baban-Inna, said on Monday that the people of the northeast geo-political zone would remain indebted to President Muhammadu Buhari for coming to their rescue at a critical period.
Delivering his Eid-El-Kabir sermon in Bauchi, Baban-Inna said that but for the dogged determination of the president in tackling the security threat posed by insurgents, the story would have been different today.
He noted that at the peak of the security threat, a lot of inconveniences were experienced in the course of performing religious obligations, just as the celebration of religious festivities was almost impossible.
He urged the people to support the president and other leaders for the country to progress.
The imam also harped on the significance of Eid-El-Kabir, urging Muslims to live by its teachings.
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall that started at about 3 a.m. on Monday and lasted till 9.30 a.m., led to low turn-out of Muslim faithful at Eid prayer grounds across the state.
Most of those who were able to make it to the venues of the congregation arrived late.
Women and children, who in the past, constituted a large chunk of attendants, were able to make it to the Eid ground, just as traffic movement reduced drastically in Bauchi metropolis.
The metropolis also recorded less of other activities that used to accompany the celebrations, such as horse-riding as well as visits to leisure parks, friends and relations.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi Police Command, ASP Mohammed Mahmud, said: “so far, there is no report of ugly incident in any part of the state. It is, therefore, safe to conclude that as I am talking to you now, everything is going on peacefully in Bauchi State.”
Meanwhile, more Nigerian leaders have felicitated with Muslims and urged them to pray for sustained peace in the country as they mark Eid-el Kabir.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers urged Muslims to imbibe the spirit of love and sacrifice as preached by the holy Prophet Mohammed.
Wike also urged Muslims to use the festive period to pray for sustained unity and peace in Nigeria.
He advised Nigerians of all religions to be tolerant with the religious beliefs of others and support acts that would trigger sustainable development.
“The unity and peace of this nation should form a major prayer point this period; we need to all play-up the things that bind us as a nation.
“Our Muslim brothers and sisters should use the festival to pray for better days for the country and the citizenry,’’ Wike stated.
He said that his administration would remain steadfast in tackling security challenges.
In Plateau State, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Yusuf Gagdi, donated food items worth three million naira to the less privilege in his constituency.
Gadi, who presented the items in Kanama on Monday, said the gesture was to make the poor in his constituency have something with which to celebrate the festival.
The items included 120 bags of rice, 105 rams and cartons of beverages.
He said the items were distributed across board, devoid of political inclinations.
“This is not the period of politicking and what I am doing for my people today is far from politics; it’s an act of worship.
“I am rendering this gesture for humanity because Eid el-Kabir emphasises more on sharing with the have-nots.
“This is not a party affair, therefore, once you are from my constituency, you can benefit from this gesture.
Meanwhile, the Osun House of Assembly has urged Muslim faithful to use the Eid-el Kabir to pray to God for the total turnaround of the nation’s economy.
This is contained in a Sallah statement signed by Mr Bosun Oyintiloye, House Committee Chairman on Information and Strategy, in Osogbo on Moday.
Oyintiloye said that government at this period needed the support and prayers of all Nigerians for it to overcome the current harsh economic situation Nigeria was going through.
According to him, great individuals and nations have stories of bumpy roads in their journey to greatness.
He said that the resilient and indomitable spirit of Nigerians, and sacrifice by all, would pave the way for possibilities.
The lawmaker said that “it is understandable that the economic situation in the country has taken tolls on virtually every Nigerian.’’
He commended Nigerians for their perseverance and patience in the face of economic crunch, adding that more patience and sacrifice were required by all.
In Sokoto, Sen Aliyu Wamakko, (APC Sokoto-Central) called on Nigerians to be patient and support the Buhari administration.
He expressed confidence that the administration would meet the desired objectives of Nigerians with its laudable policies already in place.
He said that the tasks ahead were for Nigerians to be prayerful, support and live in peace with one another for smooth policies implementation.
He also advised the Federal Government to ensure that Nigerians with the necessary intellectual discipline were engaged in the implementation of its policies and programmes.
He appealed to Nigerians to support the present administration in its efforts to address the challenges confronting the country, adding that complaints and criticism would only compound the problems.
“Everybody, irrespective of political differences should support this administration to succeed and stop complaining because we are in a critical situation,’’ he said.
He also called on Nigerians to support the efforts of security agencies by providing vital information that could assist in providing peaceful environment for socio-economic and political growth.
In Damaturu, the capital of Yobe State, residents expressed satisfaction with the tight security provided as Muslims observed the Eid prayers.
Security was beefed up on Monday in Damaturu with operatives deployed in strategic locations, while vehicular movement was also restricted.
Men, women and children, who trooped out in large numbers for the prayers were screened before being allowed into the prayer grounds.
One of the faithful, Alhaji Musa Buba said: “it is better to trek and be secured than to allow free movement of vehicles and live in fear.’’
Dr Mohammed Fari, Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the state, said a special surveillance square was deployed to check movements of persons.
“The corps deployed 1,538 personnel across the state for the Sallah event,’’ he said.
In Lagos State, the Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, urged Nigerians to uphold the significance of Eid-el-Kabir, which is total trust and obedience to God.
Adebule said such attitude would help to accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
She said that total trust in Allah was necessary with the present economic challenges facing Nigeria.
The deputy governor urged Nigerians to celebrate the sallah peacefully and to reach out to the less-privileged within their environment.
“We can only enjoy Allah’s favour when we totally trust and obey His will.
“He is our Creator and He knows what is best for us as individuals and as a nation,” she said.
Adebule advised Lagos residents to be security conscious at all times, and report any strange movement in their neighbourhood to security operatives.
She also urged Lagos residents to continue to support and pray for the state government as it strove to bring dividends of democracy to their doorsteps.
The deputy governor called on youths in the country to join hands with government in rebuilding a new nation by engaging themselves in productive activities.
“Shun activities such as violence, kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, bombing and other vices capable of undermining the ongoing reform agenda of the Federal Government,” she admonished.