Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah and urged them to imbibe sacrifice lessons of Eid-el-Kabir.
In a statement by Mrs Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor in Minna on Monday, he charged Muslims to reflect on the lessons of the festival of sacrifice which is a core tenet of the Islamic faith.
Bello said the celebration should remind the Muslim Ummah and, indeed, all humanity of the need to make personal sacrifices to enhance the common good and collective interests of the people.
He stressed the need for the Muslims to be submissive, obedient, patient and trust in Allah to direct and guide them to the right path as exemplified by prophet Ibrahim’s submission to Allah’s command.
Bello said that, although the dwindling economy of the nation was taking its toll on the people, it was nonetheless, rewarding to share and care for the less privileged and the vulnerable people in the society stressing that the festival calls for love towards humanity.
“The celebration encourages us to show kindness, love and help the needy as well as loyalty and obedience to constituted authorities. These are some of its unique tenets that should be reflected in our daily lives,” he said.
Bello directed that Eid prayers should be observed in neighbourhood Jumma’at mosques following the outbreak of Delta variant of COVID-19 in six states, adding that all Durbar activities be suspended.
He said his administration had continued to execute projects across the state and has also placed it on a trajectory of economic prosperity that would enhance the sustainable growth and development of the state.
Bello, however, urged people to be security-conscious and continue to assist security agencies with credible intelligence that would bring an end to armed banditry and other criminal tendencies in the state.