Intensive security deployment as Muslims celebrate Sallah

JSecurity is tightened in the states of the federation and in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as Muslims celebrate Eid al-Kabir today.

While Nigerians have enjoyed celebrations without a hitch over the years, growing insecurity and the recent breakout in Abuja, where dozens of terrorists were freed, have kept people alert.

Police in Edo and Kaduna also deployed 13,426 personnel, while security agencies had put in place measures to ensure Nigerians celebrate in peace.

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Other measures put in place by police in the states include restricting movement of vehicles, banning firecrackers and cracking down on people with guns in worship centers.

Edo State Police Commissioner CP Abutu Yaro said 3,426 men and officers from the command had been deployed to improve the safety of life and property during and after the celebration.

He said officers would continue with intensive patrols, stop and searches, raids on black spots, crime-prone areas and other crime-fighting strategies to ensure public safety.

Additionally, Kaduna State Police Commissioner Yekini A. Ayoku called on residents to take their personal and family safety seriously.

He said more than 10,000 people have been deployed to worship centers, markets, critical national infrastructure, recreation centers, major highways and other public spaces across the state.

The police, in a statement from the command’s public relations officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige, said the deployment came from its human and logistical resources, including conventional, tactical and intelligence means, all aimed at ensuring that the celebration goes on. unfolds smoothly in the state.

The Borno State Police Command has also restricted vehicle traffic between 7am and 12.15pm today. Police said the restriction, while regretted, would include the use of motor vehicles, tricycles and bicycles except those performing essential tasks. He also said he would crack down on youths who carry knives and other weapons to places of worship or recreation centers.

The State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdu Umar, who revealed this yesterday in a statement signed by his Public Relations Officer, ASP Sami Kamilu, noted that the command had carried out adequate security deployment of officers and of men across the state for effective security coverage. throughout the celebrations.

Muslim worshipers are advised to pray at Eid grounds near their homes and ensure they arrive early enough for the security check. Parents who go to places of worship with their children/wards are also advised to take care of them to avoid incidents of missing children. Moreover, young people who bear arms are, by this release, warned to refrain from such an act or face the wrath of the law,” said CP Umar.

Additionally, Kogi State Police Commissioner Edward Egbuka urged residents to remain safety conscious during the celebrations.

Egbuka, in a statement by the command’s public relations officer, SP William Ovye Aya, assured residents of the command’s willingness to continue its efforts against criminals who terrorize the state, especially during the celebration of Sallah.

Buhari provides security, as governors preach hope

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that he will not rest until Nigerians are relieved by him given the current security challenges and cost of living in the country.

The President gave the assurance in his Eid-el Kabir message to Nigerian Muslims and other citizens.

“I am fully aware of the difficulties people are facing and I am working to resolve them,” he noted in a statement released by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

President Buhari expressed hope that this Eid would bring blessings, peace, prosperity and security to all Nigerians, emphasizing that coexistence and stability would prevail in the country.

The President, who called for more patriotism to build a better Nigeria, called on Nigerians to put the interest of the country above selfish interests and “use religion as motivation for the love of our common humanity.” .

He said, “The exploitation of the people by merchants and the theft of public funds by officials and other holders of public trust is a reflection of the abandonment of the teachings of our religions.

“Our society is a bundle of contradictions. People manifest an outward religiosity without fear of God; they make life difficult for others. Money becomes their god. Leaders abandon their oath of office by taking money intended for the welfare of the people and diverting it to their private pockets.

Meanwhile, in his message to Sallah, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, urged Nigerians to remember that the celebration is about sacrifice, love and hope.

Atiku, in a statement he personally signed, noted that the hardships in the country and the heartbreaking experiences people go through to survive, and the widespread lack of unity among Nigerians, were the reasons why Nigerians must have a sober reflection on the state of our nation. as they mark this year’s Sallah.

“Selfless sacrifice and communal love, as exemplified by the Prophet Ibrahim and his son, Ishmael, should guide us as we submit to and are in need of Allah’s will.

Furthermore, the PDP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Debo Ologunagba, urged the government led by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to end its lethargic approach to problems and seek help to to fight terrorism, to face “the worsening of the economic, social and health situation, to reorganize our productive sector and to face the crisis of our education sector so that students in public universities can resume their studies.

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has also called on Muslim worshipers in the state to use the occasion to offer special prayers against the insecurity plaguing the state and Nigeria as a whole.

The governor, in a message to Sallah through his chief press officer, Mary Noel-Berje, said there was a need for citizens to renew their commitment to pursuing peace and progress in the country, emphasizing that society would only be a better place for everyone to live if there is relative social balance.

Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku congratulated the Muslim Ummah in the state and Nigeria. He urged Muslims and other religious followers not to relent in their prayers and support for the government’s efforts to contain the rampant cases of kidnappings, shooting attacks and killings of innocent people in all regions. from the country.

Furthermore, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Lagos State counterpart Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in separate messages urged Muslims to imbibe the lesson of sacrifice and of peaceful coexistence which symbolizes Eid-el-Kabir.

For his part, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun called for a moderate celebration, urging Muslims in the state to ensure they also share sweets with the less privileged.

Abiodun, who said the country was going through challenges, called on followers of Islam to use the holiday to offer prayers for Nigeria, especially on security and the economy.

Furthermore, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila congratulated Muslims on celebrating this year’s Eid-al-Kabir and called on all Nigerians to unite and meet the challenges facing the country. is confronted.

In a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Lanre Lasisi on Friday, he called on Nigerian Muslims, especially those taking part in this year’s hajj, to redouble their prayers for the country.

He said, “At a time like this, it is incumbent on the people to come together to face the challenges facing the country,” the president said.

Gbajabiamila noted that the period called for sacrifice and commitment to the way of Almighty Allah.

He said he was optimistic that with prayers, Nigeria would overcome its challenges. He also called for special prayers for the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.

The Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has also called on Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid-Al-Kabir to pray for the country, as well as rekindle their trust in God and their sense of duty. patriotism towards nation building.

The caucus urged Nigerians to seize the opportunity to shun all parochial tendencies and reinforce the virtues of selflessness, love and care for one another despite dire economic, social and security realities. prevailing in the country.

Furthermore, in his message from Sallah, the PDP Gubernatorial candidate in Gombe State, Mr. Muhammad Jibrin Barde, urged Muslims in the state to exercise absolute faith in Allah and emulate resilience and firmness exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim.

Bard, who is on a holy pilgrimage to Mecca, said the holiday, which is symbolized by the slaughter of rams as ordained by Allah, should be used to further foster unity and spread love in the state and in Nigeria.

He added that despite the challenges of the state, Eid-al-Kabir should be an occasion for pleading and seeking the face of God for restoration.

The PDP governorship, which is hoping for the next general election, noted that the holiday was important in the tenets of the Islamic faith, but urged celebrants to do so modestly across the state.

He assured that plans were in place to change their living conditions with improved welfare under his administration with the help of Allah Almighty.

“Eid-el-Kabir is an important event in the principles of the Islamic faith, so I urge all my brothers and sisters in Gombe State to continue to put their absolute trust in Allah and share everything they have with each other in imitation of the Prophet Ibrahim.

Contributors: Taiwo Adeniyi, Itodo Daniel Sule, Muideen Olaniyi, Balarabe Alkassim, Baba Martins (Abuja); Christiana T. Alabi (Lagos); Peter Moses (Abeokuta); Hassan Ibrahim (Maiduguri); Usman A. Bello (Benin); Tijani Labaran (Lokoja); Abubakar Akote (Minna) & Magaji lsa Hunkuyi (Jalingo)

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