The Governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, has greeted Nigerian on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el Maulud.
The governor who spoke on Sunday through a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, Ismaila Misilli, called on the Muslim ummah in the state to take a cue from the exemplary leadership of the prophet, in tolerance, generosity, humility and modesity.
Also in Osun State, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola called on Muslims to emulate the virtuous life of Prophet Mohammad as they celebrate Maulud-Nabiy.
Oyetola, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Monday, said, “The development of every community, state or country is dependent upon the action and inaction of its leaders and followers.
“If we all play our parts at each stratum, it will translate to peace, security, and development. I, therefore, implore you to give us your maximum support so that together we can deliver the Osun of our dream.”
In the same vein, the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, in a statement by his Chief Press secretary Mr Onyebuchi Ememanka, urged Muslims to rededicate themselves to the virtues of peace and to continue to make meaningful contributions to the development of the state.
“Continue to shun acts that will promote division among adherents of different religions, as all religions preach love, peace and good neighbourliness,” the statement added.
In Bayelsa State, Governor Seriake Dickson called on Muslims to pray for the success and peaceful conduct of the state governorship election on Saturday.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, Dickson said the governorship election was crucial for both Christians and Muslims residing in the state.
He said, “As we celebrate the Eid-el-Maulud, I call on all Muslims to ensure that they uphold the love and tolerance this celebration signifies and also to continue to pray for the peace and prosperity of our nation as a whole and Bayelsa State in particular.”
Also, the Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, in a statement by the Director General, Strategic Communications and Press Affairs, Mallam Yakubu Lama, reaffirmed that only religious harmony would ensure peaceful coexistence and development.
According to the governor, equitable development as well as political and national stability can only be guaranteed when people in society such as “Nasarawa State and Nigeria; which consists of diverse religious adherents, come together and commit to embracing dialogue, mutual understanding and empathy as well as the sharing of the best values of their different religions.”
In Kwara State, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq described the birth of Prophet Muhammad as an event that reshaped human history.
AbdulRazaq, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, said, “Our message therefore is for everyone to contribute their own quota to build a human community united by belief in the love of God, accommodation of differences, and collective efforts to make life worth living for fellow human beings.”
Pray against visionless governance – Chinda-led PDP Reps
The factional leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives has urged Muslims to pray for Nigeria concerning the problems facing the country due to bad governance.
The caucus felicitated Muslims in a statement issued by Kingsley Chinda as Leader, PDP Caucus; Onyeama Chukwuka, Deputy Leader, PDP Caucus; Umar Barde as Whip, PDP Caucus; and Ajibola Muraina as Deputy Whip, PDP Caucus.
The statement read in part, “We rejoice with our Muslim brethren and urge them to use this occasion to continue to pray for the peace, progress and unity of the country, particularly against the backdrop of the numerous challenges facing us as a nation, including the general state of insecurity and several killings and kidnapping across the country, economic hardship, continuous infrastructural decay and visionless governance, which is hinged on crude force, blackmail and sabotage.”
Also, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Uba Saniin, noted that the Eid-el Maulud should be seen as a period for deep meditation and self-scrutiny.
“Muslims all over the world have a duty to foster enduring communal harmony, shun unnecessary and counterproductive conflicts as taught by the Holy Prophet of peace, Muhammad (PBUH) whose Maulud we are celebrating,” he said.
Gombe groups celebrate
No fewer than 1,000 groups adorned in different colorful costumes took to major streets in Gombe on Monday to celebrate eid-el Maulud.
Many of the residents were seen singing and dancing, while some groups used generators to power their sound systems which they put in an open van.
One of the residents, Jebis Ismaila, said they were excited to celebrate another Maulud in peace and in one accord.
“Though the money may not be there but we are glad that we have peace of mind. Gombe State is not boiling and Nigeria is not damned despite challenges,” he said.
Another resident, Alhaji Shuaibu Ibrahim, noted that the celebration was a peaceful commemoration of the Islamic festival.
“As you can see, we are happy to be part of it. It is a rare privilege” he said.
One of our correspondents noted that the area where the celebration was held had the presence of security agents.
Ilorin emir seeks collaboration among tiers of govt
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari, on Monday called for collaboration among governments at all levels to tackle the security challenges in the country.
The emir made the call during the Eid-el Maulud celebration held at the Ilorin township stadium.
Hundreds of Muslim faithful converged on the open field of the stadium complex for lectures and goodwill messages to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammed.
Sulu Gambari used the event to appeal to government at all levels to step up efforts at stemming the tide of rape, kidnapping and insurgency ravaging the country.
The monarch also counselled Muslims against engaging in rebellious acts capable of disrupting the peace of the country.
Rather, he urged them to embrace peaceful co-existence with the people of other faith as done by Prophet Muhammed.
“Emulate the exemplary conduct of Prophet Muhammad in your daily endeavours so as to ensure the growth and development of the country,” he added.
The Grand Khadi, Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeals, Justice Mohammed Abdulkadir, described Maolid Nabbiy as one of the greatest events in Islam.
He stressed the need for Muslims across the globe to promote unity.