Governor of Nasarawa State, Mr Tanko Almakura, has urged Muslims and all Nigerians to remain law abiding and also live peacefully with each other even as the fasting period season comes to an end.
In his Eid-El-Fitr message on Friday, the governor called on Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan in their daily activities.
He said,” As you are all aware, fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam aimed at strengthening our faith through spiritual engagements such as abstinence from eating, drinking and satisfying other desires from dawn to sunset.
“It also involves intense prayers, recitation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an, as well as increased acts of kindness, charity and humility, among other moral virtues.
“As we come to the end of this year’s Ramadan fasting, therefore, I, on behalf of the Government and People of Nasarawa State, felicitate with all Muslim faithful in the State as we join millions of Nigerians and other brethren across the globe to mark the 2018 Eid-el-Fitr (Sallah) celebration.
“I call on all Muslims to be steadfast in applying the virtues of Ramadan through consistent supplication, perseverance, humility, hospitality, good neighbourness and, indeed, the spirit of sharing in our daily activities.
“It behoves us all, as good citizens of Nasarawa State, to continue to pray for the peace, security and economic prosperity of the State,” he said.
Speaking further, he warned residents in the state to avoid engaging in criminal acts as the government will not hesitate to punish the perpetrators.
He also asked them to pray for the nation’s leaders at all levels.
“Government will not condone any acts capable of breaching the existing peace prevailing in our society and will deal decisively with any individual(s) and groups whose stock in trade is to perpetuate crime, criminality and fan embers of disunity among the diverse ethnic nationalities in the State.
“Let us all put hands together individually and collectively to contribute our parts towards the sustenance of peace and security in our dear State.
“As we celebrate this Sallah, I urge us all to re-affirm our obedience to Allah’s injunctions as contained in the noble Qur’an and follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). It is also an obligation on us to pray for our leaders at all levels to govern with the fear of God and the virtues of justice, humility and service for the good of humanity,” he said.
Furthermore, the governor called on the Federal Road Safety Commission and other security agencies to intensify their efforts at ensuring a peaceful society, especially during the festive period.