Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, has advocated the need for peace as Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan Fast.
This was contained in a statement by Mary Noel-Berje, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State.
Bello, who disclosed this after observing two raka’at prayers with other faithfuls at the Kontagora Eid praying ground, said:
“I congratulate Muslims for their perseverance during the Ramadan period and admonish the citizens to be cautious of their environment and report any suspicious and uncomfortable movements within their neighbourhoods.
Bello also reiterated the need for the people to intensify prayers so that peace is restored to Nigeria, especially Niger, saying:
“In recent times, we have experienced a lot of security challenges, this calls for the need for fervent prayers”, he said.
“The security agencies are doing their best believing that peace will soon return to the country”, he added.
In his sermon, Chief Imam of the Emir’s Palace Kontagora, Malam Shehu Rimaye who led the two raka’at prayers expressed gratitude to Allah for guiding them through the Ramadan period amidst security challenges.
He commended the efforts of the security agencies in fighting criminal elements in the country.
Malam Rimaye called on Muslims to continue with prayers, admonishing them to desist from criticizing leaders unnecessarily
The Imam cautioned parents to give their children good parenting, urging them to stop their wards from indecent dressing which he described as unislamic.
The Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, was represented by the Madawaki of Kontagora, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed.
Bello later paid a visit to the Emir of Kontagora in his palace after the Eid Prayer.