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Eid-el Fitr: Allow peace in Nigeria, Sultan tells politicians

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has urged Nigerian politicians to allow peace in…

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has urged Nigerian politicians to allow peace in the country.

He made the call in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians.

 

This is as governors, other emirs and Islamic clerics across the country have asked Nigerians to shun acts capable of provoking crisis in the country and pray for peace.

The Sultan asked politicians to play the game of politics with faith and love for one another and ensure none of their supporters is involved in breaching the peace and unity of Nigeria.

“We are fully aware that the general elections in Nigeria are fast approaching. Therefore, we urge Nigerians to live peacefully with one another and ensure the belief that whoever emerges after the election period is not only our choice but the choice of the Almighty Allah,” he said.

The Sultan also urged the Muslim Ummah to continue to appreciate the Almighty Allah for the gift of life to witness Ramadan.

“Our scholars preached a lot during the period of Ramadan, as such, we should continue to hold on to what was learnt during the period.

“This is a great opportunity for all of us to ensure the best living conditions and to live peacefully with one another,” he added. (NAN)

Insecurity remains our concern – Niger Gov

Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, says insecurity remains the major concern confronting the state.

 In an Eid-el-Fitr message through his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, the governor pledged his administration’s commitment to making sure that the situation became a thing of the past in the state.

He said even though significant successes had been recorded in the fight against terrorism in the state, much still needed to be done, and pledged that the state would continue to work closely with all security agencies for an enduring peace.

While urging them to continue in their prayers for peace and development of the state and the nation in general, he also implored them to sustain the lessons of Ramadan beyond the period for a better society

Ekiti

Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, also congratulated Muslims for successfully completing the Ramadan fast and witnessing this year’s Eid-el Fitr festival.

 He described Eid el Fitri as the crowning of the blessings received during the Holy month, which he said, had drawn the faithful closer to the Almighty Allah.

He called on Muslims to pray for peace, harmony and tranquility in the state before, during and after the June 18 governorship election.

 Sokoto

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State and his predecessor, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, in their separate Sallah messages yesterday called on Nigerians to live in peace with one another. 

Tambuwal said, “We should not lose sight of the fact that we have all sweated and some have made supreme sacrifice to ensure that we put in place an enduring democratic culture. As a result, we must not allow our efforts to go in vain.”

 On his part, Wamakko called for more piety and sustained fervent prayers for the success of the country and to avoid acts capable of derailing it.

Bauchi

 Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has advised Muslims to apply the lessons of the Ramadan towards solving personal, communal and national problems.

 He told politicians to “lower the temperature of politics that is ravaging the country and deepening its historical fault-lines.”

In his message, the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, urged the governor to continue to support local vigilantes, hunters and other security agencies as part of efforts to have sustainable peace.

Also, the Chief Imam of Bauchi Central Mosque, Alhaji Bala Ahmed Limanchi, advised leaders to repent and work for sustainable peace in the country.

 Ogun

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has urged Nigerians, particularly clerics, to pray fervently for peaceful elections in 2023 and transition of power.

 The governor stated this while addressing Muslim faithful at the Lantoro Central Praying Ground in Abeokuta, the state capital, after prayers led by the Chief Imam of Egbaland, Saad Bamigbola.

Abiodun, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Shuaib Salis, appealed to residents to eschew violence and any vice capable of throwing the state and the country into turmoil.

He also urged politicians to refrain themselves from taking actions or making utterances that could heat up the polity.

 Abiodun, who lamented the get-rich-quick syndrome among the youth, urged parents and religious leaders to counsel youths against engaging in social vices.

 Tight security in Kwara

 The 2022 Eid in Kwara State was held amidst very tight security as thousands trooped out to the various praying centres across the state.

Security operatives, including soldiers, policemen and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) mounted tight security at strategic places.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in his Sallah message  described the days and nights of the month as ones like no other during which the Muslims proudly competed to outdo one another in good deeds.

Durbar at Emir of Zazzau’s palace

The Emir of Zazzau, Mallam Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, has felicitated with Muslims on the successful ending of 2022 Ramadan fast and celebration of Eid-el Fitr.

 In a speech delivered at his palace in Zaria shortly after the traditional durbar organised by the emirate, the emir urged Muslims to continue to pray for the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.

He enjoined farmers not to relent in planting their crops early from the available rainfall recorded.

The monarch enjoined parents to send their children to school to acquire both western and Islamic knowledge for the progress of society.

He encouraged Muslim faithful and in deed all Nigerians to have faith in Almighty Allah and face the future with renewed hope and optimism.  

Cleric cautions Muslims against show-off, insolence 

The Grand-Mufti of Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State and Chairman, Duin International Academy, Abuja, Dr. Rafee’ Busayree Al-Ijebuwi, has cautioned Muslims against show-off and insolence, to gain the pleasure of Allah.

In his Eid-el-Fitr Sermon delivered at Al-Huda Masjid (mosque) Byazhin, Kubwa in Abuja, he urged Nigerians to be patient to acquire useful knowledge and adhere to doing the right things at all times in their undertakings.

He enjoined Muslims to observe the post-Ramadan six-day fasting in the month of Shawwal.

 

By Abbas Jimoh, Balarabe Alkassim (Abuja), Abubakar Akote (Minna), Raphael Ogbonnaiye (Ado-Ekiti), Abubakar Auwal (Sokoto), Ahmed Mohammed (Bauchi), Peter Moses (Abeokuta), Mumini AbdulKareem (Ilorin) & Abubakar Sadiq Mohd (Zaria)