Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi on Tuesday led the Eid prayer at the Murtala Mohammed prayer ground in Kaduna metropolis.
The state Governor Nasir El-Rufai and Senator representing Kaduna central, Uba Sani, and other dignitaries were also at the prayers.
In his message, the former Emir of Kano called on Nigerians to continue to live in peace irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences so as to foster peace and unity in the country.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai in his address spoke on the importance of peaceful coexistence. He announced that more troops have been deployed to Kaduna State to help flush out bandits and other criminals in a bid to restore peace and security in the state.
He, however, solicited prayers from the citizens to help tackle the myriads of challenges confronting the state.
The governor also in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye urged Muslims to emulate the example of faith and sacrifice that Sallah symbolises.
The governor commended the resilience of citizens in these tough times and prayed for the blessings of Allah for the immense sacrifices that are being made.
He urged the Muslim community to keep hope alive and to celebrate Eid el-Kabir in compliance with public health guidelines prescribed to protect everyone from the very infectious Delta variant Covid-19 that is already circulating in some states in the country.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday visited the Nigerian Army Super Camp at Faskari in Katsina state as part of the collaboration between the state and the military in the fight against banditry and other related crimes in the northwest zone.
The Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello also visited the camp on Wednesday.
During the visit, Governor El-Rufai was received by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai.
He later received briefings from the Army chief and other field commanders on the successes recorded so far by troops, and also other areas of collaboration with States.
After the briefing, Governor El-Rufai thanked the Nigerian Army for their untiring effort in the fight against banditry in the northwest zone and pledged the support of the Kaduna state government in the operation.
He also assured to support the military towards finding peace in Kaduna state and the northwest in general.
Operation Sanity with its headquarters at Fasakari in Katsina state is a Nigerian Army operation in the northwest zone aimed at getting rid of bandits and other criminal elements in the zone and Niger State.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday granted pardon to five prisoners awaiting execution as an exercise of his executive powers to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day celebrations.
The governor also pardoned six other prisoners, who were serving various jail terms at the Kaduna Convict prison.
Speaking at the Independence Anniversary parade held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in the state capital, El-Rufai said he pardoned the prisoners based on recommendations from the State Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy, and also based on their good behaviour, while others were released due to ill health.
He advise the pardoned prisoners to be of good behaviour as they re-integrate into the society, warning that government will not tolerate any form of crime and threats to security in the state.
Governor El-Rufai urged Nigerians to always support the present administration at both the state and federal levels and to also pray for those who were staking their lives for the unity and progress of the country.
He also noted that the provision of free basic education and reviving the sector will be one of the priorities of his administration in its four-year term.
The 55th Independence Day celebration witnessed the presence of traditional rulers, religious leaders and heads of security agencies in the state.
For over four years, Kaduna has not marked previous Independence Anniversaries due to the Boko Haram security challenge.