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Bauchi Governor urges Muslims to Use Eid-El Kabir period to strengthen existing interpersonal relationships, create new ones

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By Akanji Alowoludo, Bauchi

The Muslim Ummah have been urged to use the Eid–el Kabir occasion to strengthen the existing interpersonal relationships and create new ones. 

The call was made by the Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir in his goodwill message to the people of the state on the occasion of the 2023 Eid-El Kabir Sallah Celebration. 

The Governor also said that there is the “need for us to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, humility and respect for one another.  We should  pray for the prevailing  peace in the State to be  sustained and for adequate rainfall for us to  have a bumper harvest  during this farming season.” 

“We give praise to Allah (SWT) for graciously sparing our lives to witness yet another  Eid-el-Kabir celebration. The Eid-el-Kabir celebration, as we all know, is observed annually by Muslims to commemorate the spiritual sacrifice made by Prophet Abraham (AS) who, in total  submission to the will of Allah, answered the  Divine call to sacrifice his only son, Prophet Ismail (AS),” he stated.  

Bala Mohammed added that,”It is incumbent on the Muslim Ummah to  observe the highest spiritual sacrifice ever made in observance of Divine injunction.” 

According to him, “The occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir should be used to reflect on how we have fared morally and spiritually during the last one year so as to take corrective measures, where necessary, for us  to be amongst the believers who will enjoy the mercies of Allah (SWT) in the hereafter.”

The Governor stressed that, “Islam as a religion, propagates total submission to the will of Allah (SWT) and peaceful co-existence amongst the Muslim Ummah and with adherents of other faiths.” 

He added that, “The Holy Qur’an has also commanded all Muslims to give something (in charity) out of the treasure which Allah has bestowed on them. This should be done without consideration for religious, ethnic or political differences.”  

“Let me use this opportunity to  reassure you of the irrevocable commitment of our Administration to  justify the confidence reposed in me by re-electing me  to serve you for another four years,” he further said.  

Bala Mohammed also said that, “We would embark on aggressive execution of  programmes and projects that have direct bearing on your lives. We would deliver more dividends of democracy than we did during our first term in infrastructural development,  health care delivery, education, agriculture and human capital development through economic empowerment.”  

He said that, “We are not unmindful of the economic hardship being experienced by the  generality of the people.  This is a national problem which is being jointly addressed by the Federal and State Governments.  I want to  appeal to you  to bear with  the situation which Is temporary.”

The Governor however assured that,”As a  responsive and responsible Government, we will continue to render palliative measures with a view to cushioning the effects of the hardship. I will however appeal to you to make some sacrifices to ensure that we overcome the hardship.” 

He then appealed to all motorists to observe traffic regulations so as to  minimize  accidents on the highways throughout the period of Eid-el-Kabir  celebration and beyond. 

He also appealed to parents to monitor   the movement of their children and wards in order to reduce the incidents of missing children during this festivity.

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