By Rita Iliya
Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger has advocated for peaceful coexistence as Muslims all over the world celebrate Eid-el Fitir marking the end of Ramadan Fast.
A statement by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, said Sani-Bello disclosed this after prayers with other Muslim faithful at the Kontagora Eid praying Ground.
While congratulating Muslims for their perseverance during the Ramadan period, the governor admonished them to be cautious of their environment.
The governor urged them to report any suspicious and uncomfortable movements within their neighbourhoods.
He reiterated the need for the people to intensify prayers so that peace is restored to Nigeria and Niger.
“In recent times we have experienced a lot of security challenges, this calls for fervent prayers,” he said.
He added that the security agencies were doing their best believing that peace will soon return to the country.
In his sermon, Chief Imam of the Emir’s Palace Kontagora, Malam Shehu Rimaye, expressed gratitude to Allah for guiding them through the Ramadan period amid security challenges.
He commended the efforts of the security agencies in fighting criminal elements in the country.
Rimaye called on Muslims to continue with prayers, admonishing them to desist from criticizing leaders unnecessarily
The Imam cautioned parents to give their children good training to be better citizens and contribute to national development.
The Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, was represented by the Madawaki of Kontagora, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed at the prayers.
The governor later paid a visit to the Emir of Kontagora in his palace after the Eid Prayer.(NAN)