Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has greeted Muslim faithful on the commencement of the 30-days Ramadan fasting, urging them to dedicate the season to pray fervently for the nation and respective states while they also engaged in good deeds and acts of Ibadah.
The Governor said this in a statement signed on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Muhammed Onogwu after the citing of the moon which signified the commencement of the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Governor Bello noted that a period like this which is globally revered should be utilised by Muslim faithful all across the nation to pray for progress and peace noting that when “Ramadan arrives, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of hell are locked up and devils are put in chains”
The Governor called on Muslims to devote more time to prayer and acts of charity as they similarly strived to improve their self-discipline, motivated by hadith.
He further admonished that this year’s Ramadan should be a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship, as followers of Islam were expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Prophet Muhammed (S.A.W).
As Muslims begin their one month obligatory Ramadan fasting, Governor of Kaduna State, Muktar Yero, has asked the Boko Haram insurgents to use the opportunity of prayers and self-denial associated with the period to end the killing of innocent Nigerians.
In a statement signed by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Mallam Ahmed Maiyaki, Yero asked Muslims to use the period of the Ramadan fast to pray for God’s divine intervention to bring the present spate of insecurity in the country to an end and ensure that lasting peace and harmony returns to Kaduna State.
The Governor asked Muslims to take full advantage of the holy month to forge greater unity within them and adherents of other faiths in the country.
He also called on privileged Muslims to assist those in need, especially in this holy month and urged the people of Kaduna State to continue to coexist peacefully irrespective of their diversity, pointing out that, all of them were created by one God.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. The annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadiths.
The eid-el-fitr celebration in Jos, plateau state was marked amidst tight security as security personnel were at various spots monitoring worshippers and worship centres to avert any breach of peace.
Security chiefs led by commander of special task force, commissioner of police and the commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen in Jos metropolis and environs to make sure that security arrangements are in place.
Muslim faithful in Plateau state, north central Nigeria came out in large numbers to offer prayers at the end of the Ramadan fasting with maximum security measures put in place by security agents.
In spite of the warning by security agents on the ban of motorcycle and dangerous driving during the festival, there were some that disobeyed and the patrol team of the security chiefs was at hand to apprehend defaulters.
The security chiefs expressed satisfaction on the peaceful celebration and security arrangement with assurance that more security measures will still be put in place for the rest of the festive period.
The Niger state police Command has assured that it is battle ready to ensure the protection of lives and property of its citizens throughout the forth coming Eid –El Fitr and Durbar celebrations which marks the end of the 30 days Ramadan fasting. In a statement signed by the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Desire Nsiri, the commissioner noted that the Command is fully prepared for a robust surveillance of the nooks and crannies of the state as well as the covert surveillance of all the places of worship including other important public and private institutions during the Sallah celebrations. Also, the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, has urged residents to report any suspicious person or movement during the celebration to the force for immediate intervention. In a statement signed by the spokesperson of the JTF, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, the force called for the cooperation of the people toward achieving the desired peace during and after the celebration.