Eid-el-Fitr: Gombe governor admonishes Muslims to maintain spirit, essence of Ramadan

…As Gombe Emir treats governor, guests to colourful Durbar

By Umar Kaltungo

Gombe State governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has emphasised the need for Muslims and Christians in the State to continue to live in peace with one another.

According to an issued press statement by the Governor’s
Director-General, (Press Affairs), Isma’ila Uba Misilli, Gov. Yahaya stated this when he hosted members of the State House Assembly, Commissioners and other top Government functionaries to a special lunch to appreciate the Almighty Allah for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, which came to a climax with the Eid-el-Fitr festival.

The governor noted that without a harmonious relationship between adherents of both faiths and humanity in general no progress can be achieved.

The Governor observed that the Eid-el- Fitri celebration, which came on the heels of the Lent and Easter festival, signifies the brotherhood that exists among the people, which largely consists of both Muslims and Christians.

He said, “We thank God that in Gombe State we have been living peacefully with one another, both Christians and Muslims, in brotherhood and good neighborliness; and for that, we have every reason to celebrate, and coming now to Eid-el-Fitri that we are celebrating today after earlier celebrating the Easter, I think this is also another reason for us to get together and rejoice”.

He expressed gratitude to the Almighty Allah for sparing the State from crisis despite being in the North-East that has seen years of violent attacks by insurgents, describing Gombe as the most peaceful State in Nigeria at the moment.

The Governor used the occasion to admonish both Muslims and Christians alike to continue in the spirit of Ramadan and Lent, in order to guard and maintain the peaceful and harmonious relationship that has existed between the two faiths in Gombe State, because according to him, where there is no peace, there won’t be progress.

He admonished Muslims to maintain the essence and spirit of Ramadan so as to appreciate what the needy and the poor in the society pass through, noting that if humans can feel the pains of their fellows, the situation the nation finds itself can be avoided.

He said in view of the current spade of kidnappings for ransom, Nigerians must work collectively regardless of differences to restore normalcy for which the country is known for, describing such acts as alien to the nation’s socio-cultural experiences.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya prayed God to grant peace to Gombe State, the North-East and Nigeria in general, saying if Nigeria is short of peace, the whole of Africa can be in turmoil, because in West Africa one out of every three West African is a Nigerian.

He disclosed, at the occasion, that he will soon embark on a State-wide tour to further re-establish and re-emphasised his administration’s commitment towards improving the lot of the people on whose mandate he is sitting as the State Chief Executive.

Earlier in an address of welcome at the lunch, the State’s Deputy, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, said from the peaceful and colourful display of durbar at the palace of the Emir of Gombe, it is evident that Gombe State is not only peaceful but well governed by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

Dr. Daniel Jatau prayed that the blessings and rewards attached to the month of Ramadan will abide with Muslims and non-Muslims alike in the State and beyond.

Governor Inuwa Yahaya had earlier joined the Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, dignitaries and other Muslim faithful to observe the 2 raka’at Eid prayer at Gombe Central Eid Praying Ground, which marked the end of Ramadan fast.

In a sermon delivered by the Chief Imam of Gombe Central Mosque, Ustaz Hammari, shortly after the two raka’at prayer, the cleric charged the congregation to sustain the devotion and other good deeds performed during the Ramadan period for continuous rewards and blessings from Almighty Allah.

He called on the Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the return of peace in Nigeria and a bumper harvest, especially at a time like now when the rainy season is setting in.

While heading for the event’s venue at the Gombe Emir’s palace, the governor’s motorcade passing through the major streets of the metropolis received overwhelming cheers by well-wishers in appreciation of the positive impact his administration is making in the lives of the citizenry.

At the palace of the Emir of Gombe, Gov. Yahaya and other dignitaries were treated to a colourful Durbar to the admiration of all.

In his message to mark the religious festival, the Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, called for sustained prayers for the nation and its leaders.

He equally enjoined farmers to brace up for the rainy season, just as he emphasised the need for a harmonious relationship among the diverse people of the State, and in particular between farmers and herders, for a peaceful Gombe State.

The monarch commended Governor Yahaya’s leadership style and his unprecedented achievements in all facets of human endeavours.

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