As the world commemorates Prophet Ibrahim’s life of sacrifice and patient obedience to Almighty God this Eid-El-Kabir, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I extend my warm greetings to the Muslim Ummah and to all Kogites.
I send special salutations to the Chief Driver of the New Kogi Dream, His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, my siamese twin, boss and bosom friend.
This year’s celebrations present us with an opportunity to reflect soberly on the state of our world, our country and our beloved State so that we can whole-heartedly thank God for the trials we have faced and the triumphs we have received.
Our state has an abundance of human and natural resources as gracious endowments on us by our Creator. We must not forget to thank Him for them while praying for His wisdom to rest on us all and help us transform these manifold blessings into tangible wealth for our progress and that of our posterity.
While it is true that the cities of Mecca and Medina which used to be melting pots for millions of pilgrims at this time for the ritual of the Hajj have had to scale back on foreign arrivals due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is undeniable that the Almighty is Omnipresent and will hear the prayers of the faithful from everywhere.
Government, as a matter of responsibility, reaffirms her commitment to combating insecurity as well as the novel coronavirus disease. Measures have been put in place to heighten security and protect the wellness of everyone in Kogi State.
Let us remember as we celebrate that strict public health guidelines are still in place and there is an incumbent duty on each of us to observe the guidelines required to protect ourselves and others from this deadly disease.
We must keep before our minds at all times the real essence of the Eid-el-Kabir which is to recall and be challenged by the willingness, steadfastness, sacrifice, obedience and devotion to Allah as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.
On this joyous occasion therefore, I appeal to all Kogites to rise against the odds, put prejudices aside and strengthen the bonds of friendship, love and unity in our beloved State.
May Allah in His infinite mercy accept your ibadah and may He fill your lives, homes, families, businesses, communities and our dear State with his barakah. Ameen.
CHIEF EDWARD ONOJA(CIK)
Deputy Governor of Kogi State
29 July, 2020.
Eid-el-Kabir: Toto/Gadabuke Lawmaker Drums Support For APC, Gov. Sule, Speaker Balarabe
Hon. Usman Labaran Shafa on Tuesday joined his people at Shafan Kwatto to observe the Eid el-Kabir prayer amidst jubilations.
Hon. Labaran Usman Shafa is the member representing Toto/Gadabuke constituency from Toto local government area and has open love over tremendous development in his Constituency.
Hon. Shafa who is the Chairman House Committee on Health emphasized the need for his people to live in peace and unity with one another irrespective of their affiliations.
The Lawmaker called for more support and understanding of his people with the APC led government for more democratic dividends.
Shafa emphasized the need for his people to give Gov. Abdullahi Sule and Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi all the needed support to succeed.
He said Gov. Sule and Speaker Balarabe have the people at heart hence the need to give them all the necessary support and prayers to succeed in the tasks ahead of them.
Global Times Nigeria report that the prayer was led by the Chief Imam of the area Mallam Muhammed Akawu who enjoined believers to live a purposeful lives that will give room for a better society and enable them gain heaven.
Highlight was visitations and homage by the lawmaker to critical stakeholders and community leaders.
Eid-el-Kabir: Nasarawa Speaker, Ohimegye Opanda Calls For More Support For Present administration in Nasarawa
By Our Reporter, Toto.
It was another moment joyous today as the people of Umaisha development area of Toto local government massive turnout for this year’s Eid el-Kabir prayer.
The event according to our correspondent who was on ground report that it was successfully observed in the ancient town of Umaisha, Toto LG political leader, the Speaker of the State Assembly Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi who joined the First Class Traditional ruler of the area HRH. Alh.Usman Abdullahi the Ohimege Opanda for the Sallah festival in Umaisha.
Other leaders present include Justice Yahaya Mohammed Usman, Khadi Sharia Court of Appeal Lafia who double as Chief Imam of Umaisha led the prayer and called on Muslims to use the month of blessing and sacrifice to pray for the many challenges facing the society and extend hands of love to the needy among them.
Speaking after the special prayers at his palace the Ohimegye Opanda, HRH. Alhaji Usman Abdullahi congratulated muslim faithful and people of Toto local government for successful celebration.
Alhaji Abdullahi enjoined his people to be security conscious and support government effort in that direction, just as he make a case for improve standard of education among his people.
On his part, the Speaker of the State Assembly Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi appreciated the royal father for providing the people the needed leadership, urged the people to always work for peace, unity and progress of the area.
Alhaji Balarabe Abdullahi while commending the present administration called for more support for APC and Gov. Abdullahi Sule whom he said have great passion for the people.
Highlight at the sallah activities in Umaisha was paying of homage by various group to the royal father.
Defend Yourselves Against Bandits, Kidnappers – Ohimegye of Opanda-Umaisha Tells Subjects
By Sadiq Abubakar and Yahaya Idris, Nasarawa.
The Ohimegye of Opanda-Umaisha in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, has called on his subjects to defend themselves against bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements terrorising the Kingdom.
Alhaji Abdullahi, made the call while speaking with newsmen shortly after he joined other Muslims to observed two raka’at prayers at Eid prayer ground to mark the Eid-el-kabir celebration in the area on Tuesday.
He said despite efforts by the state government to tackle insecurity across the state, activities of armed bandits and kidnappers has been causing nightmare to his people, saying the only option was for his people to defend themselves against the criminals.
“We can’t leave the issue of security in the hands of the government alone, my advise is that my people, including our women should stand firm and defend themselves against these bandits, kidnappers and other criminals that has been causing us a sleepless night,” he said.
He also lamented over the falling standard of education in his kingdom, saying the kingdom has no qualified teachers at primary and secondary levels.
The monarch therefore urged residents of the area to continue to live in peace and harmony with each, even as he cautioned the youth engaging in any form of social vices in the area.
Also speaking, the speaker of the state house assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, called on people of the area to be committed to prayers in order for the country to overcome security challenges.
He also urged the youth not to allowed any politician to use them to cause confusion that will degenerate to break down of law and order, while he advised them to be law abiding to constituted authorities.
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