From: Ali Abare, Gombe
As Muslim faithful across the world mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State has called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the peace and unity of the country.
The governor in a special Sallah message to mark the Eid-el-Kabir Sallah celebration said the ceremony connotes sacrifice, selflessness, love and total submission to the will of Allah (SWT).
He therefore urged Muslim faithful to learn from the good lessons of the Eid-el-Fitr, stressing that Islam, which means peace, preaches love, understanding and peaceful co-existence irrespective of religious or ethnic affiliations.
“I therefore admonish us to learn from the good lessons of the Eid-el-Kabir. As Muslims, we are aware that Islam means peace and preaches love, understanding and peaceful co-existence amongst members of every community, irrespective of religious or ethnic affiliations.
“We should strive to imbibe and exhibit the good virtues of Islam by promoting peace and harmony among our diverse people”, he stated.
According to the governor, without peace, there will be no meaningful development in the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Addressing top dignitaries shortly after the Eid prayers, Dankwambo called on youths to celebrate the Sallah calmly and avoid anti-social behaviours.
While calling for peaceful coexistence among the diverse people of the State, the governor appealed for support and cooperation of the people of the state to encourage the delivery of more dividends of democracy in every nook and cranny of the state.
“As a governor who came through your popular votes, I promise to treat everyone equally without any form of sentiment, be it political, religious or ethnic for the remaining period of my tenure.
“We must all shun act capable of disrupting our peaceful co-existence. I assure you government will not abandon its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property,” he said.
Daily Sun reports that as early as 7am, Muslim faithful started trooping out, elegantly dressed, as they headed for the numerous praying grounds to observe the Eid prayer.