Eid-El-Fitr: Celebration peaceful in North-East
The leaders also called for ‘celebration with caution’ so as not to engage in unwholesome activities that would attract the wrath of God.
In Bauchi, the Chief Imam of Gwallaga mosque, Sheik Ibrahim Idris, cautioned Muslim faithful against immoral acts while celebrating.
He said God permitted celebrations of Sallah, but constantly warned against acts of immorality, adding that certain forms of celebrations were completely prohibited in Islam.
“Anything involving intoxication, whether it is alcohol or drugs, is prohibited; likewise gambling is completely prohibited,” he said.
He said Muslims had other means of celebrating, such as horse-riding, swimming and wrestling.
Idris enjoined Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan, through consistent supplication, perseverance, humility, hospitality.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Bauchi State governor, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, thanked God for “sparing our lives to witness yet another Ramadan fast and Eid-El-Fitr”.
“We also thank the Almighty for ensuring that we performed Eid-El-Fitr peacefully, without any hindrance.
“Bauchi state is the most peaceful, the safest of the Northeast states, and in fact, one of the safest states in Nigeria,” he said.
In Yobe, which in the past experienced explosions at prayer grounds, celebration was also peaceful as security men were deployed to prayer grounds and strategic locations.
NAN reports that the state government had earlier imposed a 12-hour restriction on vehicular movement across the state to guard against any ugly incident.
A statement from Government House, Damaturu on Thursday had prohibited vehicular movements from 10.00p.m on Thursday, to 10.00 am Friday.
Damaturu residents welcomed the restriction order and commended security operatives for taking measures to safeguard lives and property.
In Gombe, Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo called for peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians, saying that meaningful development could only be achieved with peace.
“I call on everyone to live in peace with one another as no meaningful development can be achieved without peace.
He also called on community and religious leaders to continue praying for sustainable peace in Gombe and the country at large.
Earlier, in his sermon, a clergy that led one of the congregation prayers in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Pindiga, urged Muslim faithful to imbibe the teachings of Ramadan and be their brother’s keeper
On his part, Dr Barkindo Mustapha, Lamido Adamawa, urged youth not to allow themselves to be used as thugs by politicians to foment trouble during the forthcoming elections, calling on Nigerians to tolerate one another and embrace peace.
NAN reports that Gov. Muhammadu Bindow of Adamawa had canceled the usual Eid El-Fitr Sallah homage to Government House by traditional rulers, public office holders, labour unions and associations.
A statement Friday by the State Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Ahmad Sajoh, said the activity was cancelled considering the sad mood of the state over recent sectarian crisis, and the need to relieve all concerned from the hardship of traveling from far distance to Yola.
“Consequently, His Excellency calls on the good people of Adamawa State to use the holy period and pray for unity, peace and progress in the land.
“In addition, citizens are enjoined to equally reflect deeply on challenges facing the nation, and to rededicate themselves to ensuring that Adamawa State is indeed peaceful and progressive.
NAN reports that state workers were paid their June salary, just as cows were slaughtered and meat shared to workers by state ministries and parastatals, as part of welfare package.
In neighbouring Jigawa, Sheikh Muhammad Sani, Chief Imam of Dutse Central mosque, urged Muslims to fear God in all their dealings, especially with fellow human beings.
“As Muslims, you are expected to teat well, fellow beings, be they Muslims or non-Muslims,” he said.
Sani also called government to embark on meaning projects that would improve the well-being of the citizenry.