The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has, urged Nigerians to continue to uphold the virtues of peaceful co- existence and tolerance among each other for the unity and progress of the nation.
The monarch also called on parents to inculcate the fear of God in their children, so that they can be assets to the family and society at large.
Sanusi made the call on Sunday while addressing the people of the state, shortly after he led the Eid prayer at the Kofar Mata Central Eid ground in Kano metropolis.
“Parents should to train their children in a rightful way and also give priority to their education.”
“Muslims should always imbibe the fear of Allah in their mind by fulfilling their promises in everything they do,” he admonished
The first class emir, then called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace with one another so as to foster peace, love and unity in the country.
After the prayers, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano felicitated with the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of Eid-al-Adha. He enjoined Muslims to love and share with the less privileged as exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
The Eid prayer was attended by Gov. Ganduje, state commissioner of Police, Ahmad lliyasu, members of National and State Assembly, some former members, as well as some top government functionaries and members of the Emirate Council, among others.
However, security was beefed up in and around the prayer ground, as combined security operatives were placed on red alert, as well as other strategic places in the city.
Similarly, the Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has urged Nigerians to have faith that their leaders can take the country out of hardship, despite current socio-economic challenges.
Speaking shortly after the Eid prayers marking the Muslim festival of Eid-al-Adha, in Gombe, while hosting guests to a Sallah breakfast, that he was optimistic that the country would be able to come out of its difficult times, if the citizens cooperate with their leaders.
Governor Yahaya quoted from the Holy Qur’an, “With every hardship, there is a solution by Allah. I am therefore assuring our people that as leaders, we will do all within our capacity to offer good leadership for the benefit of the country”.
Governor Yahaya thanked the people of Gombe state for the sustained peace and also enjoined Muslims to sustain their prayers for the peace, security and prosperity of the state and the nation as a whole.
He urged them to render support and show love, as well as good neighbourliness as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and upheld by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“As we celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival, i want to admonish us to reflect on the message and lessons of the season which teaches submission, obedience and selflessness, we must also imbibe the tenets of Islam which promotes peace, tolerance, modesty and love”, the Governor said.
In the same vein, he Governor Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has called on citizens of the state to dedicate the Sallah period pray for soldiers, other armed forces, the Civilian Joint Task Force, hunters and vigilantes who are making sacrifices in fighting Boko Haram insurgents.
Governor Zulum made the call in his Eid-El Kabir message to the public, that despite the festivities, the security personnel and the civilian JTF, were currently in front lines, through ground and air operations, particularly around northern Borno, in a continued determination to fully regain peace.
“With the Eid-IL-Kabir being about faith and sacrifices in obedience to Allah, citizens should without loosing focus on spiritual essence, also reflect very deeply, that even as we all gather in exciting congregations, share moments with our loved ones, exchange visits and gifts with families and friends, there are soldiers, policemen, other armed forces in the para-military and the DSS, volunteers from the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who are in war fronts sacrificing their safety, sacrificing proximity to their loved ones and sacrificing all the sallah excitements mainly to ensure that those of us who celebrate the festivities, do so in an atmosphere of sustained peace. As we celebrate, each of us owes these patriotic soldiers, other armed forces and volunteers portions of our time to remember and pray that Allah keeps all of them safe and make them consistently victorious over the Boko Haram insurgents,” said Prof. Zulum
The Borno State Governor also appealed to the citizens to share whatever they had with families of fallen soldiers, policemen, civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes within their reach, in recognition and appreciation of the sacrifices made by their bread winners to help in Borno’s desperate search for peace.
The Governor also urged citizens to remember thousands others who were celebrating the Sallah outside their communities, due to the displacement inflicted by the insurgents.
“Thousands of orphans; hundreds of old and weak women and men will be celebrating the Sallah as displaced persons in government camps within Nigeria and as refugees in republics of Niger, Cameroon and Chad. We owe them prayers for permanent peace and restoration of livelihoods in their communities so that insha’Allah, this will be their last Sallah as IDPs and refugees. Aside prayers, we owe them support. I appeal to citizens to extend kinds gestures to displaced persons within their reach,” the Governor said.
Professor Zulum also called on citizens to go about the Sallah festivities peacefully, while assuring them that security formations were fully prepared to guarantee public safety.
The Government of Niger State in North Central Nigeria has called on the people living in the State to engage in activities that will promote peace, understanding and unity among themselves.
The Secretary to the Government of Niger State in Northern Nigeria Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane stated this in a message for Eid-al-Adha celebration in the State.
Matane who reminded the Muslims that Eid festival is a test of faith in commemoration of the sublime submission by Prophet Ibrahim (A.S.) to the Almighty Allah, further called on the people of the State to be very vigilant, security conscious and report all suspicious characters, movements and objects to security agents working in the state for immediate reaction.
“Security is everybody’s responsibility; therefore, all hands must be on deck in complementing government efforts towards safeguarding lives and property of the people”.
He further explained that the occasion should serve as a constant reminder to all Muslims to live a life of sacrifice for the common good as well as continue to show love and respect among themselves and people of other faiths.
“We must not forget to remember our brothers and sisters who are currently performing the Holy Pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia” said the Niger State SSG.
Meanwhile The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello who is in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj ,has expressed satisfaction with the activities of pilgrims from the state during the Arafat and other Hajj rituals.
The Governor stated this while speaking to the media in Makka during a personal observation and inspection he carried out in designated worship points in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,.
“I took time to visit the clinic which I am quite happy with the procedure, the clinic is busy because it is not just for pilgrims from Niger State, it was part of the support offer to National Hajj Commission by providing clinic that will serve all Nigerians in Mecca”.
The Niger State Governor in North Central Nigeria who urged the pilgrims from the state to use the period of the Hajj to pray for the Country mentioned that he personally planned to perform this year’s Pilgrimage among pilgrims from his state so as to ascertain some of the challenges often faced by pilgrims from the state annually with a view of providing Solutions to them.
More than 3,200 Pilgrims from Niger State are among the 65,000 Nigeria’s Pilgrims performing this year’s annual Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia.
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has felicitated with the Muslim community on the Eid-ul-Adha celebration, calling on the faithful to spend the holiday reflecting on the lessons of the season.
In a sallah message, the Governor urged Muslims to let messages of sacrifice, selflessness, and total submission to the will of God translate to their day-to-day living.
The governor therefore called on all Kwarans to stay on course with his administration in its task of fixing the state.
He appealed to Kwarans to make sacrifice and forgo momentary gains for the larger interest of the state, especially the generations yet unborn.
Governor AbdulRazaq urged celebrants to think safety and modesty at all time, calling on all road users to respect speed limit and traffic signs to avoid accident.