From Yakubu ustapha,Minna
The Chairman Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and Niger State governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has congratulated Muslim Ummah in the country on the commemoration of Eid-el- Maulud, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, Governor Aliyu enjoined the Ummah to use the occasion and reflect on the teachings and exemplary life of the Holy Prophet for the overall development of the country.
“Let me join all Muslim Ummah in celebrating the messenger of Allah through whom the Holy Qur’an was revealed to mankind. Indeed, the life the prophet lived should always serve as an inspiration to the faithful and his pious life as a model for all of us.”
Governor Aliyu said Prophet Muhammad and indeed Islam generally preached peace, tolerance, unity and cohesion stressing that it was only on those platform that the society could progress and not through killing and maiming of innocent citizens.
The Governor reiterated that Boko Haram insurgents were neither representing Islam nor carrying out the teachings of Prophet Muhammad assuring that the terrorists would soon meet their waterloo as government had maintained sporadic attack on their hide-outs.
Governor Aliyu also used the opportunity to once again, remind Nigerians on the need to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) insisting its the only instrument they can use to exercise their constitutional right in electing leaders of their choice.
He therefore urged those who have not seen their PVCs as well as those who just attained the age of 18, to register adding that it was also an opportunity for those who lost their Temporary Voters’ Card (TVCs) to go and re-register in other not to be dis-enfranchised.
Aliyu noted that the 2015 general election was just some few weeks away, called on politicians and the electorates to play according to the rules of the game to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercise and a smooth transition.