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Rivers State Governor Chief Nyesom Wike, his counterparts in Benue, Osun and Kano States Samuel Ortom, Professor Gboyega Oyetola and Dr Abdullahi Ganduje congratulated Muslims on the occasion of the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, urging them to imitate the Holy Prophet Mohammed by imbibing the ideals of sacrifice, tolerance and peace exemplified by the Prophet.
In a message from Sallah, Wike said that Eid-al-Kabir is a season of love, peace, friendship and sacrifice.
He urged all Nigerians to embrace religious tolerance, which would promote peace across the country and strengthen national development.
He assured residents of Rivers State that the government will work with security agencies to ensure that all citizens celebrate Sallah in peace and harmony.
He congratulated the Muslim community in Rivers State for celebrating Sallah, assuring them that his administration would continue to partner with them to move the state forward.
The governor thanked the Muslim community in the state for the constant support they have always given to his administration.
In addition, Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo urged Muslims in the state to continue to emulate the virtues of obedience demonstrated by the Prophet Muhammad.
Banigo said this in a goodwill message to Government House in Port Harcourt to congratulate Muslims as they celebrate this year’s Eid al-Kabir festival.
According to the deputy governor, the Prophet Muhammad was ready to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah’s command, which she said was a rare quality.
Banigo, who assured them that the governor, the government led by Chief Nyesom Wike would continue to drag all residents of the state into the scheme of things, urged them to continue supporting the governor.
She said the state government was working with security agencies to ensure a smooth celebration and wished all Muslims a happy Eid-al-Kabir.
Along the same lines, Governor Samuel Ortom urged Nigerians to step up their prayers and support for unity and peace in the country.
While congratulating Muslims on the occasion, the governor observed that Eid-el-Kabir offered all Muslims the opportunity to illustrate the virtues of piety, honesty, charity and generosity according to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
The governor, in a statement issued yesterday to Makurdi by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, reiterated that the current wave of insecurity where hundreds of schoolchildren are kidnapped daily in parts of the country, armed herders frequently attack farming communities and the killing of people, as well as other acts of terrorism, can only be overcome if security agencies receive adequate support.
“He stressed that the security of life and property in all parts of the state would remain the priority of his administration, and gives the assurance that the current administration will continue to uphold the values of transparency, accountability, justice. and equity at the service of the population. of State.
“Governor Ortom once again appreciates the understanding and support the people of Benue have given him since 2015 despite the challenges the state government has faced during the period; and wish the people of the state a happy celebration of Eid-el-Kabir.
Also speaking, Governor Gboyega Oyetola urged Nigerians to maintain religious tolerance and peace in the country.
He urged faithful Muslims to reach out to the less privileged during and beyond the holiday season.
Oyetola said this yesterday after the two rakat prayers at Osogbo Central Eid, Oke-Baale, Osogbo.
While congratulating the Muslim faithful, the governor insisted on the need to live in peace despite religious differences.
He said, “I congratulate all Muslims in Osun State, Nigeria and around the world in general. We thank God for being able to celebrate the celebration of this year. Last year we couldn’t celebrate it. But we thank God for giving us the grace to be here today.
“I want to call on our people to live in peace. They should extend the hand of fellowship to the less privileged. They also deserve to celebrate.
“We should not insist on religious differences. We must have religious tolerance. We must love our neighbors.
Oyetola urged the citizens of Osun and residents of the state to continue to keep the peace and to avoid anything that could threaten the peace of the state.
“Let’s live in peace. Osun is known for peace. I want us to continue to be celebrated as the most peaceful state in Nigeria, ”he added.
Earlier in his sermon, the Grand Imam of Osun State, Sheikh Musa Animasahun, who spoke on the topic of peace, stressed the need for Nigerians to promote peace and unity.
He also urged faithful Muslims to appreciate God who made this year’s Eid-el-Kabir mark despite last year’s setbacks that were sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The central mosque was filled with enthusiastic Muslim worshipers from Osun State and beyond who had gathered to pray to God and mark the feast of Eid-al-Kabir.
The faithful also respected the security protocols against the Covid-19 pandemic by using, among other things, face masks.
Likewise, Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje urged Muslims and other Nigerians to pray against insecurity across the federation.
Ganduje, who congratulated all the people of Kano and Nigerians for the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir, urged them to ensure the peaceful and healthy period of Sallah, in strict compliance with the protocols of Covid-19.
He said this immediately after the Eid prayer with the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, members of the State Executive Council, party leaders, elders, members of the business community, among others, at the Eid prayer ground, Kofar Mata, Kano, yesterday. .
“I must congratulate the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, chairman of the State Council of Emirs of Kano, and all the other emirs, the ulama, members of the business community, women and youth and all. people for the advent of this period of Sallah. ,” he said.
He warned that “and this is also very important, since the third wave of Covid-19 is in sight, we should be able to follow the protocols in order to prevent its effect. They say prevention is better than cure. I think it is very important.
“In addition, we must continue to pray to Allah Ta’ala to continue to protect our state and the entire country from the insecure situation we are witnessing at this time. “