Sultan to insurgents: end your killings
A section of the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria yesterday marked Eid el Fitir the end of Islamic month of Ramadan – with prayers after the 30-day fasting period.
The celebration continues today in other parts of the country.
In his Sallah message, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, urged perpetrators of terrorism in the country, especially in the north, to fear God and stop such heinous acts.
Speaking in Sokoto, he said insecurity in the country had led to loss of many lives and property.
According to him, the massive losses of innocent lives and property were highly regrettable and “un-Islamic”.
He noted that Nigerians were facing various forms of difficulties as a result of the recurring insurgency and other criminal acts.
He charged Nigerians to sustain prayers “for God to either touch the hearts of the terrorists or expose them.”
The Sultan commended security agencies for efforts being made to contain the insecurity, and urged them to remain unrelenting.
He appealed to the people to complement the efforts of the security agencies of maintaining peace and unity with their support, adding that the task of doing so should be regarded as a collective responsibility by all Nigerians.
He appealed to political leaders in Nigeria to ensure that social justice prevailed, saying that it was the “condition for sustainable peace and unity”.
“We should all fear God and regard leadership as a trust and we will be accountable to Him,” he said.
“We are also commending Governor Aliyu Wamakko for initiating and successfully implementing various welfare programmes for the people of the state,” he added.
The Sallah celebration in Sokoto was attended by former President Shehu Shagari, Governor Wamakko and the National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki.
Vice-President Namadi Sambo urged Nigerians to sustain their prayers for peace and stability in the country.
Sambo spoke to reporters in Abuja after the Eid-el-Fitr prayer.
“We extend our sincere happiness to Almighty Allah that has made it possible for us to see this important day and to pray that he continues to grant favour to our country, Nigeria, for peace and progress.
“We thank Almighty Allah for what he has granted us and we pray that we continue to be given good health and the wisdom for the development and progress of Nigeria,” he said.
He called on Muslim faithful to strengthen the bond of friendship and unity across the country and to always exhibit the good virtues of Ramadan for the progress of the society.
The vice president urged Nigerians to be security conscious always and report suspicious individuals or groups to security agents.
He also advised Nigerians to be thankful to God for His mercy, and avoid acts capable of causing social unrest.
The Eid-el-Fitr prayer, which held at the Karamajiji ground on Airport Road, was led by the Chief Imam of Abuja, Ustaz Musa Mohammed.
In his sermon, Muhammed charged organisations and wealthy Nigerians to always assist the less-privileged in the society “in order to reduce the level of poverty in the country.”
Dignitaries at the prayer included the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Aji, serving and former ministers and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The Emir of Kano Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, urged Muslims in the state to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and sacrifice.
The emir made the call yesterday while addressing Muslims after the Eid-El-Fitr prayer at the Kofar Mata ground in Kano.
He appealed to them to emulate Prophet Muhammed’s life, stressing that the one month fasting should be seen as a period of cleansing and atonement.
“After the Ramadan, we should be more determined to live in the path of Allah as true believers.
‘’We should also continue to emulate the exemplary attributes of Islam which are love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence”, he said.
The monarch also called on the people to continue to pray for peace, unity and progress of the state and the country.
In his sermon, the emir, who led the prayer, stressed the need for Muslims to fear God and continue to use all the lessons of the Ramadan to foster unity in the state and country.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the prayer which started at about 9 a.m. was attended by the state’s Deputy Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, members of the Emirate Council and some members of the Diplomatic Corps.
The Emir at the weekend paid N3 million at the Central Prisons, Kano, to secure freedom for 11 inmates of the prison.
According to a statement from the Media Officer at the Emir’s palace, Alhaji Sha’aban Ibrahim, the amount was fine options given the inmates by the courts at the time of their convictions.
It explained that the monarch secured the release of the inmates on humanitarian ground, “”due to either ill health or old age.””
The statement quoted the emir as urging the beneficiaries of the gesture to be of good conduct when they resumed public life and avoid issues that would take them back to prison.
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