By Samuel Luka, Bauchi
As Bauchi Muslims joins their contemporaries across the globe to celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festivities, the state Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed has called on them to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, humility and respect for one another.
The Governor who made the call in a goodwill message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Comrade Mukhtar Gidado, reiterated the commitment of his administration to the provision of the much required democracy dividends to the electorates.
Bala Mohammed urged the Muslim faithfuls to use the period to strengthen their existing interpersonal relationships.
The governor noted that, the eid-el-Kabir which is celebrated annually in commemoration of the great sacrifice and total submission of Prophet Abraham (AS) to the will of Allah when he answered the Divine call to sacrifice his only son, Prophet Isma’il which is the highest spiritual sacrifice that has ever been made in observance of divine injunction.
Bala while describing the sacrifice as a worthy of emulation, especially by the Muslim Ummah, said the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir should be used to reflect on how the muslims fared morally and spiritually during the last one year so as to take corrective measures, where necessary, for them to be amongst the believers who will enjoy the mercies of Allah (SWT) in the hereafter.
“I want to start by giving Glory to Allah (SWT) for sparing our lives to witness yet another Eid-el-Kabir celebration”, he said.
According to the governor Islam is a religion that propagates total submission to the will of Allah (SWT) and peaceful co-existence amongst the Muslim Ummah and with adherents of other faiths.
Bala noted that the Holy Qur’an has also commanded all Muslims to give something (in charity) out of the treasure which Allah has bestowed on them.
“This should be done without consideration for religious, ethnic or political differences”, the governor pointed out.
Governor Bala also appealed to all motorists to observe traffic regulations in order to minimize road accidents throughout the period of Eid-el-Kabir celebration and beyond.
He equally appealed to parents to monitor the movement of their children and wards in order to reduce the incidents of missing children during this festivity.
Governor Bala stressed the need prayers for the prevailing peace in the state to be sustained and for adequate rainfall for a bumper harvest during this year’s farming season.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to continue to serve the good people of Bauchi State and to take the State to greater heights, pointing out that, since the inception of his administration about three years ago, it has delivered dividends of democracy in the area infrastructural development, education, health, water supply, youth and women empowerment, housing, agriculture among others.
“We will continue to pursue developmental projects that have direct bearing on the lives of our people in the remaining one year of our first term in Sha Allah”, the governor pledged.
He said that the government is not unmindful of the economic hardship being experienced by the generality of the people, explaining the problem has its root in the Covid-19 pandemic since 2020.
Bala who called on the people of the state to bear with the situation which according to him is temporary, said as a responsive and responsible Government, he will continue to render palliative measures with a view to cushioning the effects of the hardship.