The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has called on Nigerians to continue to live and promote peace, love and unity with one another for the development of the country.
The Emir made the call shortly after leading the Eid prayer at the Kofar Mata Central Eid ground in Kano metropolis.
Sanusi said there was need for all Nigerians irrespective of their political and religious inclination to promote peaceful co-existence in the country.
The Emir also called on ”wealthy individuals to support the less-privileged in the society to alleviate their sufferings.”
He said there was need for the people of the state to continue to pray for peace and progress of the state in particular and the country at large.
The monarch, while praying for bumper harvest in the state, also challenged unemployed youths to “engage in any useful venture to enable them be self-reliant and contribute to the nation’s development.”
Fear of God
He urged Muslims to fear God in all their activities as each and everyone of them must give account of his deeds in the hereafter.
Security was tight during the prayer as armed policemen and other security personnel were deployed to various Eid ground and other strategic places in the city.
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje in his Sallah message also urged Muslims to imbibe the values of sacrifice, love and keep fostering unity as they join their counterparts globally to celebrate this years Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Governor Ganduje also cautioned religious and political leaders against “hate campaigns, incitement or fanning embers of disunity in this period of heightened political activity.”
He said the period of the celebration was a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season.
“Such as selfless service to God and humanity, sacrifice and sincere commitment to righteous conducts in their private and public life,” he emphasised.
The Governor explained that the significance of the season should be beyond the festivities, stressing that the real essence is not in the meat or the blood of the animal but to encourage piety, self-discipline and sacrifice.
The governor called on all Nigerians to exhibit these values for the good of the country, emphasising the need for constructive criticisms for improved governance which must be separated from incitements in order to move forward.
Congratulating the Muslims for the opportunity by Allah for this year’s celebration, Dr Ganduje urged the faithful to use the period to pray for peace and unity and for safe return of pilgrims from the Holy Land.