From Uche Uche, Damaturu, David Hassan, Gombe, CNosa Akenzua, Asaba, Uche Nnorom, Makurdi and Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
As Muslim faithful marked Eid-el-Fitri celebrations yesterday, governors across states have felicitated with Muslims urging peace and unity in the country.
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has congratulated Muslims for Sallah celebration, after sighting the new Month of Shawwal in some parts of the country and other places around the world.
A statement issued by his chief press secretary Abba Anwar on Tuesday said, he specifically congratulated the five First Class Emirs of Kano, Bichi, Karaye, Rano and Gaya Emirates for a successful completion of one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
He said as leaders of their domains they also need to be congratulated for observing the last day of Ramadan.
“We saw how these leaders sailed through with their subjects in guiding them towards exhibition of good virtues and traits while worshipping our Creator, Allah,” he said.
In Yobe State, Governor, Alh. Mai Mala Buni, yesterday joined other faithful Muslim s who converged at the Central Mosque in Damaturu the state capital, to observe the two rakaat prayers to mark the end of this year’s Ramadan vast
The prayer was conducted by the Chief Imam, Uztaz Hudu Mohammed who earlier in his sermon urged Muslims to imbibe the lessons of the period in their lives in order to obtain maximum benefits and blessings.
He laid emphasis on love, living a life that benefits others, paying attention to people’s rights, among others, pointing out that religion devoid of these virtues is meaningless.
The governor was accompanied to the Eid ground by his Deputy, Alh. Idi Barre Gubana, the acting SSG, Baba Malam Wali, the Speaker and members of the state House of Assembly, among others.
Gombe state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has also yesterday felicitated with the Muslim Ummah describing the just concluded Ramadan fast as a success.
The governor made this pronouncement at the Banquet Hall, Government House Gombe, thanked Almighty Allah for a successful completion of the Ramadan fast.
He said with the prayer made by the people asking Allah for governess of sin has been answered by Allah and that the reward awaits them.
Governor Yahaya who used the medium to speak to the people while having a meal with them as symbol of peace, said his administration will do everything possible to carry everyone along.
He enjoined them to live in peace with one another as that was the only way they will receive good reward from Allah.
While thanking Allah for a successful Ramadan fast, the governor emphasized that this is the period, of sobber reflection and that we most thank Allah for what he has done in the lives of Gombe people.
Our correspondent reports that Governor Yahaya witnessed durbar alongside top government functionaries and the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad Abubakar at the emir’s palace.
Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has similarly felicitated with the Muslim Community on the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitri, saying that though Ramadan fast is over, it is important that the lessons of the season are sustained and replicated in their daily lives for the good of society.
He congratulated all Muslims for successfully completing this year’s Ramadan Fast.
In a Sallah Message on Tuesday in Asaba, Governor Okowa urged the Muslim Community to pray for the unity and peace of the nation as they celebrate. He urged Nigerians to promote religious tolerance, adding that such virtue would ensure peace across the country and enhance national development.
“I will like to remind Nigerians of the importance of respecting the faiths and beliefs of all and enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation.
“As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, it is my hope and prayer that Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation.
“May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all, and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of religion or place of origin; and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation. It is my hope that today brings joy to all of your homes, both here in Delta State, Nigeria and around the world.” he said.
He assured the Muslim community and all residents of the state government’s determination to improve the lives of her citizens and commended the Muslim community in Delta State for their consistent support for his administration.
Also, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has tasked Muslims to imbibe
the values and lessons of Ramadan which include piety, generosity, peaceful coexistence and justice.
The Governor who said this in his message to Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitri, assured them that necessary measures have been put in place to guarantee hitch free celebration.
He acknowledged and appreciated prayers made by the Muslim community any time the state is confronted by challenges.
The Governor assured the people of the state that security of lives and property will remain the priority of the present administration in his second term in office.
Governor Ortom wished all Muslims a joyful, peaceful and memorable Eid-el Fitri celebration.
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State was not left out as he yesterday stormed the ancient city of Zaria where he performed his Eid Fitr prayers alongside other Muslim faithful at Kofar Doka Eid prayer ground.
The Governor, alongside the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris and other senior government officials were at the prayer ground to mark this year’s Eid Fitr celebration.
At the Eid prayer ground, Muslim faithful prayed for peace, progress and bumper harvest of the state in particular, and the country at large.
The roll call of top dignitaries at the Eid Fitr prayer were Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Zone 1 Senator-elect, Senator Abdu Kwari, Zone 2 Senator-elect, Senator Uba Sani, former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Ibrahim Mato among others.