Muslims in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the world to celebrate Eid-El-Fitr on Tuesday.
The festival marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fast.
In Niger State worshippers gathered at the Minna Eid ground as early as 7:00 am.
Among them were members of the royal families led by the Emir of Minna, Umaru Farouk. They added colours to the event as they rode on their colourfully adorned horses and camel to the eid ground.
The Deputy Governor of Niger State, Ahmed Ketso and top government officials were also at the Eid ground to observe prayers.
Delivering sermon before the commencement of the prayers, the Chief Sermoner, Muhammadu Masha’Allah urges Muslims to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Muhammad which include love for humanity, neighbourliness, and righteous living.
Members of the royal families led by the Emir of Minna, Umaru Farouk also added colours to the event as they rode on their colourfully adorned horses to the eid ground.
Horse riders also added colours to the celebration at Bauchi eid groud.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday had dinner with some internally displaced persons, artisans, and youths.
The dinner was held at the Presidential Banquet Hall in the State House, Abuja to break the Ramadan fast.
The dinner comes few days after President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Abuja from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah rites (Lesser Hajj) in Makkah.
Government officials who were with President Buhari during the dinner includes the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari; Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme, Ismaeel Ahmed; Special Adivser to the President on Youths, Nasir Sa’idu Adhama; Executive Director Rural Electrification Fund (REF), Sanusi Ohiare among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari says participating in the 2018 Ramadan Fast has improved his health and made him more fit to handle national issues.
The President disclosed this on Friday when some Muslim faithful and Christians led by the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello and the Chaplain of the State House Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo paid him a visit at the Presidential Villa, in celebration of Eid-El-Fitri.
President Buhari noted that he could not participate in the spiritual exercise last year due to ill-health.
“I am very grateful to the ministers and church leadership that came to say happy Eid-Fitr to those of us that have been fasting.
“A lot of people advised me whether on health grounds, I could default. I refused because I realise the value in fasting. I cannot miss it once I can do it.
“Last year, I didn’t because I was on health vacation. But this year, I have done it and I thank God because it has helped me to be much more healthier to give me the time that I need to attend to national issues,” the President said.
He, however, enjoined all Nigerians to work together confidently irrespective of religious beliefs to salvage the nation.
He told traditional rulers, service chiefs and government functionaries present that all Nigerians must work together to salvage the nation’s assets.
President Buhari on August 19, 2017, returned to Nigeria from a medical vacation in the United Kingdom after spending more than 100 days.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hosted a representation of Muslim faithful and Christian community at the Presidential Villa in Abuja in celebration of the end of Ramadan fast.
This was after he observed prayers at the at the Mabilla Barracks in Asokoro.
Also, Service Chiefs including the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, NSA Major General Babagana Munguno (Rtd), Director General DSS, Lawan Daura and Director General NIA, Ahmed Rufai were also at the presidential villa to celebrate the Eid-El-Fitri.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello during the visit presented a giant greetings card to President Buhari on behalf of residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to mark the celebration.
The chaplain of the State House Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo, who is also a top pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) also presented a giant greeting card to the President, to wish him and his family a happy Sallah.
Some children were also at the villa to celebrate with the President.
In response, President Buhari urged Nigerians to work together irrespective of religious beliefs for the unity of the nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari has continued the trend of breaking the daily Ramadan fast with players from different sectors of the country.
On Thursday it was the turn of artistes and youths.
Among those who joined the President to break the day’s fast were popular musician, Temitope Adekunle (Small Doctor), Ali Jita, and Olanrewaju Fasasi (Sound Sultan).
The President had previously hosted the leadership and members of the National Assembly, Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote and members of the business community, and traditional and religious leaders to break the Ramadan fast.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) state governors have met with President Muhammadu Buhari, reassuring him of their support in the fight against corruption and insurgency in the country.
The meeting which held in the President’s office for about two hours, had in attendance all the governors voted into power under the auspices of the APC, led by their chairman and Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, the Imo State Governor said that the governors were concerned about the frosty relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government, promising to look into it.
On the state of their economy, following the inability of some of them to pay salaries at the inception of the administration, the governors said that things are beginning to look up following the rise in oil pump price and that Nigerians should be patient with them.
Governor Okorocha noted that it was the first time they were formally meeting the President since his return from London and the Ramadan fast.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has felicitated with Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr.
In a sallah goodwill message on Wednesday, Governor Wike congratulated the Muslim faithful for the successful fasting period and its attendant benefits of purification.
He called on all Nigerians to draw the lessons of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication derived from the teachings of the Holy Prophet all through the Ramadan period.
A statement signed by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, noted that the Governor assured that his administration would continue to promote religious tolerance and the right environment for the freedom of worship.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey has felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria on the occasion of this year’s Eid-El-Fitr.
In a telephone conversation with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, President Erdogan, whose country had recently suffered terror attack at the Atartuk airport, rejoiced with Nigerians on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast despite whatever distractions.
President Muhammadu Buhari had, last week, in a letter written to the Turkish President, commiserated with him and the entire people of Turkey in the wake of the bombings at the Ataturk airport in Turkey.
President Buhari had described the incident as a “horrific attack on their soil by evil forces who have nothing to do with Islam despite their warped beliefs.”
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the brutal attack on a young man by some suspected Muslim youths.
The victim, Francis Emmanuel, was allegedly attacked in Kakuri area of Kaduna metropolis for not participating in the ongoing Ramadan fasting being observed by Muslims globally.
The victim, severely injured, was hospitalised at the Saint Geralds Catholic Hospital.
Narrating his ordeal from the hospital bed, Emmanuel said he left his workshop to buy food that afternoon when a group of Muslim youths allegedly stopped him on the road and questioned why he should be eating when they were fasting.
He said that when he tried to explain to them, they immediately pounced on him, cut him with a machete and left him in a pool of blood.
Speaking to reporters when he visited the victim, Governor El-Rufai directed the Police to arrest the attacks.
He also warned that there was no room for any form of religious extremism, violence or criminality in Kaduna State.
The Governor asked religious leaders to call their followers to order, warning that the state government would not hesitate to sanction any religious leader that preaches hate messages capable of causing acrimony among the people.
He also commiserated with another Policeman at the hospital who sustained an injury during a gun battle with armed robbers.
The Bayelsa State Government has enjoined Muslim faithful in the state to continue to live in peace with the adherents of other religions, noting that all religions are one and important, as the Government would continue to give equal recognition to all of them.
The Governor made this call while hosting the Bayelsa State Muslim Community, who paid him a Sallah visit to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, at Government House, Yenagoa.
While congratulating them for observing and completing their mandatory fast, Governor Dickson encouraged them to see Bayelsa State as their home, do their business and live peacefully, advising them to work with all security agencies in the state to ensure the sustenance of already existing peace in the State.
In his remarks, the Vice President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Bayelsa State chapter, Abdulrahman Zikeye Enewari, said that Islam was a religion of peace, condemning the current Boko Haram insurgency in some parts of the country. He added that they were a criminal gang misrepresenting the tenets of Islam.
In fulfillment of his promise to support the Muslim community, the Governor directed that a parcel of land and a bus be provided for the building of a central mosque in the state capital and to ease their transportation.
The Nigerian Senate President, David Mark, has sent a message of felicitation to Muslim faithful in Nigeria as they join the rest of the world to celebrate the 2014 Eid El-Fitr, marking the end of the Ramadan fast.
Senator Mark, in a goodwill message, congratulated them for the successful completion of the fasting and prayer, which he said the nation most desired in its trying times.
He lamented the security challenges the country had been facing and called for collective action of all citizens against the terrorists to end the menace.
Senator Mark also lamented that the over 200 Chibok schoolsgirls, who had been abducted by the dreaded Boko Haram sect for more than 100 days, were still held in captivity.
He said that one way out of this quagmire was for Nigerians to have a common approach against terrorists, irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliation.
Senator Mark added that the prevailing situation does not call for blame game but a collective action of all citizens against the terrorists.