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Eid-el-Fitri: Minister tasks Muslims on COVID-19



Sen. Tayo Alasoadura, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, on Friday urged Muslim faithful to strictly adhere  to instructions issued by health professionals  on COVID 19 as they celebrate the Eid-el-Fitri

The minister’s plea was contained in a statement issued in Akure by his media aide, Mr Dayo Joseph.

Alasoadura also  urged Muslims not to be carried away by the celebration, but use the occasion to pray for the end to COVID-19 as well as the security challenges and economic hardship in the country.

He also appealed to Muslim faithful to sustain the lessons of the Ramadan and replicate them in their daily lives for a better society.

The minister, who stressed the need for peace, unity and tolerance among the diverse people of the country, advised Muslim faithful  to extend support to the needy.

”I urge the Muslim ummah to continue with the lessons imbibed during Ramadan, especially the values of good neghbourliness, dedication, self-discipline and  patriotism exhibited during the holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

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Eid-el-Fitri: Mararaba residents celebrate amidst COVID-19 pandemic 



Muslims in Mararaba celebrated the end of  Ramadan fast with enthusiasm, as they besieged relaxation centres inspite of the physical distancing directive of government, to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Some of them who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Monday, said that the month of Ramadan, also known as Islam’s third pillar of faith,  is a month of mercy, and Muslims were expected to fast, give charity and be mindful of their way of life.

Nofisat Osho, a resident of Mararaba, said that although this year’s Ramadan fast was a bit different due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, she was able complete the fast with the help of Allah.

“It wasn’t easy carrying out the fast and it felt different because of the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world for months now.

“I missed five days because I was “un-pure” during the fasting period, but I give thanks to Allah for the completion of the month of Ramadan.

“Pregnant women, women on their monthly periods, the sick and children are the only people allowed to miss the fast.

Hassan Jubril, also a faithful, said Allah’s mercy and peace was sought for by Muslims all over the world during the month of Ramadan and in his opinion, the month of Ramadan was the best month of the year.

Jubril said that he spent his time praying in the mosque and giving  charity to the poor and needy, as he expects the almighty Allah to reach out to them too.

Aisha Musa, also a resident of Mararaba, said she was really happy for witnessing the end of the Ramadan inspite of the Coronavirus pandemic,  as she vehemently offered her prayers to Allah with great expectations.

“I am really happy that the Ramadan has come and gone regardless of the pandemic, it has really been smooth and drawn me closer to Allah,” she added.

Fatima Abdullahi, another believer, said she missed the fast for nine days but hopes to complete the fast after the festive period.

“Although I missed the fast for nine days, Ramadan is really a month of dedication and must be obeyed, I hope to complete the fast after the Sallah (Muslim festival),” she said.

Hamza Yusuf, a Muslim faithful, who was visiting in Mararaba, said that that Ramadan was indeed a beautiful month for all Muslims and the period in which the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad.

“Ramadan is a beautiful month for all Muslims around in the world. It is the third pillar of Islam.

Yusuf, however, added that the pandemic restricted them from many things like going to the mosque to pray and attending lectures, but they had to obey government directives on physical distancing  and stayed at home to pray.

“Due to this current situation, we had to stay home and stay safe because of this COVID -19 pandemic.

“Islam admonishes us to stay home if there is an outbreak of disease.

“However, one of the things we missed due to this lockdown is going to the masjid (mosque) and some Islamic lectures we normally attend.

“But we have stayed at home, and also prayed for this pandemic to end,” he added.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the 30 days fast has its unique significance.

The first 10 days of the fast is for seeking the forgiveness of Allah, the second 10 days is for the blessings of Allah and the last 10 days is for freedom.

The search for the night of majesty (Lailatul Qadri) is believed that prayers are answered quickly and the heavens are opened as requests are answered by Allah.

The Muslim faithful are  expected to fast for the whole month (29-30) days.

The fast, however, begins at the sighting  of the moon and ends at the sighting of the moon, it is called the month of mercy.

The moon indicates the beginning of a new month.

Muslims are expected to practice good habits, reach out to the needy, read and assimilate the Quran, so as to continue in good deeds after the fast.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)


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Eid-el Fitr: Onyeama donates palliatives to Muslim community, 10,000 households in Enugu



The Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, on Monday in Enugu donated palliative items through his foundation, ‘Kwusike Foundation’, to the Muslim community in the state.

Onyeama said that the gesture was in furtherance of his assistance to the residents of the state in the face of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The minister also said that the move was to enable the Muslim faithful in the state to have an eventful Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

He said that the pandemic had imposed much difficulties on Nigerians and the rest of the world, adding that it was more difficult at a time the Muslim faithful were celebrating Sallah.

He urged the Muslim faithful to face the pandemic with prayers as well as abide by the safety protocols recommended by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Responding, the Leader of the Hausa Community in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Sambo, said that the gesture could not have come at a better time than when they were celebrating Sallah.

Sambo said that the pandemic had affected their means of livelihood and well-being and commended Onyeama for the intervention.

“We have sacrificed a lot as a result of this pandemic and I pray that God will continue to unite us and give our leaders the wisdom to lead,” he said.

Meanwhile, Onyeama said that he had taken delivery of no fewer than 10,000 bags of 10kg rice which was the third tranche of his intervention in the state.

The minister said that he discovered that a lot of vulnerable people in the rural communities were not reached during the distribution of the first and second tranches of the palliative items.

“In this third tranche, our target is to supply no fewer than 10,000 households with food items and protective equipment,” he said.

Onyeama said that the process would continue until the entire state was covered.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Eid-el-Filtr: Nigerians told to maintain core values as united entity



Chief Olayide Adelami, former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, has urged Nigerians to always live as one irrespective of faiths and maintain their core values as a united entity.

Adelami stated this in his Eid-el-Filtr message to Muslim faithful on Monday in Akure.

He added that Nigerians should not allow negative developments to distort their love, peace and tolerance.

Adelami, who is a gubernatorial aspirant in the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State, reminded Muslims to intensify more prayers to defeat the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic that had disrupted normal living.

“As we celebrate, let us remember to stick to COVID-19 preventive measures while praying that Allah (SWT) helps us to defeat the virus soon,” he said.

He lauded the cordial relationship, deep show of love and tolerance among Christian and Muslim faithful in the state.

The gubernatorial aspirant enjoined the Muslim faithful to imbibe and put into apt use the lessons of the Ramadan fast, which centre on love, sacrifice and tolerance.

Adelami said the observance of piety, self-denial, discipline, and love during the Ramadan fast showed that Nigerians could remain a united and peaceful nation irrespective of daunting challenges.

“I must also not fail to use this festive season to urge leaders of faith in our nation to show more commitment to peaceful co-existence and tolerance,” he said.

The APC chieftain also used the celebration to reiterate his resolve to transform the state through exemplary leadership in driving a governance that would usher in development, if elected.

“In-sha-Allah, the people of Ondo state shall enjoy the dividends of good governance when I assume the mantle of leadership next year,” he added.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: Kwara youths urge Muslims to pray for Nigeria’s peace, unity




A socio-cultural group, Kwara Youth Unity Forum Initiative (KYUFI), on Monday asks Muslim faithful to pray for the peace and unity of the country that is battling with COVID-19 pandemic.

The group, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Comrade Shafi Ismail Alada urged the Muslims to use the festival period for sober reflections.

It also congratulated Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast.

The Forum commended them for their commitment and steadfastness in completing the 30 days of Ramadan fast.

KYUFI further enjoined Muslims to ensure that the teachings and lessons of the Holy month of Ramadan always manifest in their daily lives.

It described the sacrifices and supplications, during the period, as necessary ingredients for the peace, unity and development of Nigeria.

“We have to make every effort to continue to be in close relationship with Allah during and beyond the Ramadan period.

“The regular prayers and recitation, and above all, understanding and acting on the injunctions of the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) must be sustained,’’ it added.

Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Eid el-Fitr: NOA urges Nigerians to observe precautionary measures against COVID-19



As Nigerians join other Muslims worldwide to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged citizens to observe all precautionary measures against the disease.

The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, made the call in a Sallah message to the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, said.

Abari also urged them to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, some of which are discipline, selflessness, and piety.

According to the director general, the month of Ramadan is a period that Muslims should take advantage of to strengthen their faith and stay safe from the ravaging coronavirus by adhering strictly to the precautionary measures put in place.

He said leaders at the local level should take responsibility for enforcing movement restriction orders, inspiring compliance with all advisories by government in line with the spirit of Sallah.

“We cannot afford to be careless or nonchalant about safety precautions in our religious and cultural observations.

“We must be cautious (so as) not to facilitate community transmission of COVID19.

“Leaders, especially in religious and traditional communities, must take responsibility for the safety of the members of their communities from COVID-19 as they interact.

“They can do this by ensuring that prescribed social distancing, use of face masks, regular hand washing, and sanitisation are observed in our communities,” he said

The NOA chief urged Muslims to keep praying for divine protection of Nigerians from the coronavirus, and for the speedy recovery of those already infected.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Eid-el-fitr: IPMAN seeks prayers for peaceful coexistence



The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on Muslim faithful to pray for  unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigerians during the Eid-el-fitr celebration.

IPMAN’s President, Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo made the call in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the Federal Government had declared May 25 and 26 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-fitr celebration.

Okoronkwo said the lessons of the holy month of Ramadan include fervent prayers, piety, goodwill and sacrifice which were all critical for nation building and national development.

He said: “On behalf of the National Executive of IPMAN and its Board of Trustees, I want to felicitate with our Muslim brothers and sisters as they mark Eid-el-fitr.

“I urge them to continue to pray for the unity and peaceful coexistence of our beloved nation during this critical moment.

“We are all aware of the challenges posed to our economy by the COVID-19 pandemic and crash in global crude oil prices and we believe that with prayers and sacrifices, Nigeria will surmount these challenges.”

Okoronkwo said IPMAN, on its part would continue to support the government’s policies and regulations aimed at bringing sanity to the petroleum sector and improving the nation’s economy.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Spotlight: No more reunion in Eid for families lost beloved in PK-8303



Zubair Muhammad’s wife and sons were waiting for her husband and their father at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on Friday, expecting a family reunion in the Eid and a big bag of gifts Muhammad promised to bring from Lahore.

Muhammad flew to Lahore on Wednesday for his office work which had been long postponed due to suspension of flights amid COVID-19 lockdown. Before leaving, he hugged his younger son and told his family that he will be back on Friday with a bag full of Eid gifts for him and his sibling.

As planned, Muhammad, along with other 90 passengers and eight crew members, took flight PK-8303 bounded for Karachi from Lahore on Friday. The plane took off from the Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore at 1:08 p.m. and was scheduled to land in Karachi after 105 minutes. At around 2:45 p.m., one or two minutes before its landing at Karachi, the flight crashed.

The reunion of the Muhammad’s broke. “My brother is no more, and his wife and older kid are grief-stricken. His younger son is only three years old, he doesn’t know much about the meaning of death, and is still waiting for his father to come back with the bag full of goodies as Eid gift,” Ilyas, Muhammad’s brother, told Xinhua.

Ilyas said that they have been looking through the bodies with a hope to identify the dear departed to save his wife and children from the agony of waiting for over three more weeks to get the body after identification, but they failed and had no choice to opt for DNA test.

The plane caught fire after crashing, burning most of the bodies inside beyond identification. Eyewitnesses from the Model Town Colony where the plane crashed told Xinhua that rescue teams could manage to reach at the crash site after 20 minutes due to traffic flow and congested streets in the colony, but the fire was so serious that it burnt the plane and the passengers inside to ashes when the help arrived.

Salman Qureshi, a rescuer with the Karachi based non-government organization Saylani Welfare Trust, was among the first ones who reached at the incident site. Qureshi, who has been working as a rescuer for the last 20 years, said that he has never witnessed such a horrific sight in his life.

“We were working with the firefighters to douse the blaze. The plane was quite big and it was burning badly, and several vehicles also caught fire because of it. Residents were in acute panic, some of them rushing out of their houses and others were injured,” Qureshi told Xinhua.

He said that several bodies were also scattered on the roof tops, and due to congested streets they shifted the bodies to the ambulances from the roofs of the houses, adding that except a few bodies most of them were “pieces of charcoal.” Finally, 97 bodies were found after the crash and two luckily escaped from the deadly crash.

Mareen Yousuf, media coordinator of the health minister of Sindh province, told Xinhua that 21 of the victims have been identified and handed over to relatives while identification of the rest is underway, adding that the health department has requested the families of the deceased to cooperate for DNA test to identify the remaining and it will take 21 days to identify the bodies through the test after which they will be handed over to the families.

Muhammad Zubair was also on board the ill-fated plane. He was also one of the two who miraculously survived the plane crash.

“The plane seemed OK, the weather was clear, and everyone in the plane might have thought to reach the destination to meet their loved ones with in the scheduled time. Everything was smooth until the plane unexpectedly took off again after a few jerks while attempting to land at the airport,” Zubair told Xinhua.

The passengers got panicked, as it became obvious that the plane has met some fault, but things seemed under control again when the pilot announced for the second time that they are going to land at the airport.

“There was a relief in the plane, because we were landing. The flight was smooth and the danger was apparently averted, but then all of a sudden something happened which I hate to recall. The plane falls down. An inferno followed. I couldn’t see anyone. There was fire everywhere,” he said.

Suddenly he saw the light somewhere in the plane, and for him it was like the light at the end of the tunnel, he managed to rush towards it, he himself doesn’t believe how he managed to do it, and finally he succeeded in jumping off the burning metal, about 10 feet down into the street.

Zubair was later shifted to a hospital with 30 percent burn injuries, but his condition was stable and the doctors discharged him on Sunday, the Eid day, which his travel fellows also wanted to celebrate with their families.

Yousuf told Xinhua that the second survivor, president of the Bank of Punjab, was sitting close to an emergency exit, and he controlled his nerves to quickly open the exit door after the plane crashed. And Zubair, who was sitting the back seat, saw the door opening and he restored his conscious and quickly jumped off the burning plane. The bank official got multiple fractures but his condition is stable, Yousuf said.

The plane fell in a 6-8 feet wide street with houses on both sides, while trying to land at the airport. Some aeronautical experts also said that it took the plane only 30 seconds to one minute more to land at the airport, but the pilot could not do it due to some defect in the plane.

Briefing media about the crash, Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan International Airlines Arshad Malik said that the plane was technically fit for flying and was given clearance for flying after fulfillment of all technical requirements.

He said that two runways were made available for the plane when the pilot told the air traffic control that he is ready to land, but rather than landing he went for another round in the air, and later told the traffic controller about some fault in the aircraft before the second landing attempt, but shortly after that it lost contact with the airport and crashed in the neighboring area.

Cause of the crash has not been determined yet, and the government has formed an investigation board to probe the incident, the country’s Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan said.

A team from the aircraft’s makers on Monday have arrived in Karachi for investigation, and the plane’s black box will be sent for decoding to further help the probe, according to local reports.


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People perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at home in Uganda



A family perform Eid al-Fitr prayer at home in Wakiso district, Uganda, May 24, 2020. All places of worship including mosques in Uganda were temporarily closed to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Hajarah Nalwadda/Xinhua)

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Eid-el Fitr: Gov. Ganduje frees 294 correctional centre inmates



Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has granted freedom to 294 inmates of correctional centres in the state, a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, said on Sunday.

It said that Ganduje witnessed the release of the inmates from the correctional centre at Goron Dutse on Sunday, and quoted him as declaring that the gesture was in the spirit of Eid-El Fitr.

“The governor also said that the gesture was to complement the Federal Government’s efforts to further reduce congestion in the nation’s correctional centres.

“Ganduje also recalled that President Muhammadu Buhar‎i had directed governors to decongest correctional centres to help observe COVID-19’s social distancing protocol.

“It is based on that directive that in the last two months the state has released 603 inmates. The goal is to decongest Correctional Centres. We hope that they will be of good character henceforth,” the statement said.

It said that the governor also gave each of the freed inmates N5,000 as transport fare to their destinations.

The statement quoted the Comptroller of Prisons, Abdullahi Magaji, as commending Ganduje for donating 30 hectares of land to the Federal Government for the construction of a modern Correctional Centre.

Magaji also advised the freed inmates to be of good character and stay off crimes to avoid going back to prison.

The statement indicated that the governor was accompanied to the centre by his deputy, Nasiru Gawuna, and the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero. (NAN)

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: Return to Allah in prayer to end COVID-19 – Cleric 



The Chief Imam of Hosanna Mosque, Abakaliki in Ebonyi, Alhaji Ishaq Adamu has admonished Muslim faithful to continue offering prayers to end COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

Adamu made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after observing Eid-el-Fitri prayers in Abakaliki on Sunday.

The Imam said that Muslims have had the opportunity to return to Allah during Ramadan and prayers to end the scourge.

“The pandemic is a sign that Allah wants both Muslims and Christians to get closer to Him through prayers to end the virus.

“I advise people to keep washing their hands, use sanitisers and face masks as directed by the government.

“The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) team were at the Eid prayer grounds to observe the level of compliance and they were satisfied,’’ Adamu said.

He also urged the Muslim faithful to sustain lessons learnt during the Ramadan while they should extend palliatives supports to poor in the society.

“Some faithful have done well in reaching out to the poor in Onueke, Afikpo-North and Ohaukwu Local Government Areas with rice and money to cushion the effect of the pandemic and to enable them to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri with others.’’

Also, the Chief Imam of Central Mosque, Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki, Alhaji Muhammad Labaran said the period required all to be patient, unite and support the governments.

Labaran, represented by Secretary of the central mosque, Usman Adam, was optimistic that the COVID-19 had increased mutual understanding among the people.

He urged the faithful to understand that the preventive measures ordered by the government were for safety and enable people to stay alive.

He promised to continue to enlighten people on the need for adherence.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: ACF urges Nigerians to share love with compatriots



The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah the end of the Ramadan fasting period and Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebration.

The forum urged Nigerians to share love with their compatriots.

The National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr Emmanuel Yawe, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Kaduna.

“We use this Sallah to call on all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic affiliation or religious belief to see this as an opportunity to share their love with their compatriots, especially those who are in need, and need to be loved and cared for.

“We are grateful that even though with COVID-19 is novel, the Muslim community has broadly cooperated with the government in observing the anti COVID-19 protocols,” he said.

Yawe said the forum is also aware that this year’s Eid-el-Fitr is a unique event because it has come at a time when the whole country, indeed the whole world is ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to him, it is a trying period not only for Nigerian Muslims but for all Nigerians.

The forum also prayed that the Almighty Allah “will approve of your kind deeds and forgive all your disobedient acts and sins”.

While also praying Allah to ease the sufferings of Nigerians, ACF expressed optimism that the Almighty Allah will show Nigerians the right path and help in every step of life.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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EId-el-Fitr: El-Rufa’i commends Muslim faithfuls for obeying COVID-19 orders



Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i on Sunday commended the patience and understanding displayed by Muslim faithfuls in observing the Ramadan fasting under conditions of quarantine this year.

El-Rufa’i made this commendation in an Eid-el-Fitr message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna.

The governor prayed that Almighty Allah would amply reward and bless these efforts.

He also praised the spirit of sacrifice and resilience displayed by the community during the fasting period and called for continued adherence to public health guidelines to protect citizens from COVID-19.

El-Rufa’i said that the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic had created limited the traditions associated with fasting and the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr this year.

”I thanked the Muslim community for abiding with the public health guidelines and avoiding congregational worship and communal gatherings to break the fast.

”I acknowledged that these public health guidelines also make it impossible to permit the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr with congregational prayers, and l thanked the Muslim community for understanding this.

”l commend the Imams especially and welcome this as another example of the spirit of sacrifice and discipline required to protect the community during dangerous periods.

”I appeal to the Muslim community to keep hope alive, to continue to practice compliance with health guidelines and not to relent in prayers for an end to the disruptions caused by COVID-19,” he said.

El-Rufa’i appealed also to all communities in the state to uphold peace and harmony.

 He added that all residents must observe social distancing, practice regular hand washing with soap and water, and avoid large gatherings to protect everyone from COVID-19.

The governor said that all residents must continue to comply with the terms of the quarantine orders that are enforce in the state.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Yobe celebrates peaceful Eid-el-Fitr



The Eid-el-Fitr Sallah was celebrated on Sunday in Yobe peacefully with Muslim faithful attending various prayer grounds.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there is no restriction of vehicular movement as was done in the past due to security challenges.

Some of the residents who spoke to NAN commended Gov. Mai Mala Buni for allowing prayers to be conducted on Eid grounds.

Alhaji Ali Usman, a Damaturu resident, said “this is the best Sallah we had in recent times because there is no restriction of movements as was done in the past.

“Vehicles were allowed to move, giving us the opportunity to transport our families to the prayer grounds,” Ali said.

Mr Bukar Mohammed, another resident, noted that Buni’s administration has been up and responsive to the needs of the people.

Malam Bala Audu, a resident of Sabon pegi in Damaturu, said some people used the Ramadan period to pray for the success of this people oriented government, because they listen to the yearnings of the people.

Buni had in a Sallah broadcast to the people urged them to pray for peace, unity and prosperity of the state and Nigeria at large.

He said his administration would continue to execute people oriented programmes and projects to improve the lives of the citizenry.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Eid-El Fitri: Oyo NUJ urges Muslims to sustain perseverance, sacrifice, love



The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State council, has called on Muslims to sustain the principles of perseverance, sacrifice, love, kindness, compassion and peaceful coexistence, which they exhibited during Ramadan.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the state NUJ Chairman, Mr Ademola Babalola, and the Secretary, Mr Olusola Oladapo, on Sunday in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Muslims across the world on Sunday celebrated the 1441A.H. Eid-El Fitri amidst the coronavirus global pandemic.
It also urged members to pray fervently and work very hard towards halting the further spread of the virus.
According to the union, members should remain steadfast in prayers and uphold professionalism in the discharge of their responsibilities.
It further urged them to extend all the Islamic principles beyond Ramadan, praying Allah to accept their supplications and reward them abundantly.
The union, however, called on government to put more efforts in the fight against the pandemic, considering its effects on the country’s economy.
“As we felicitate Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan 1441 A.H., we are not unmindful of the economic effect of the pandemic on our members as frontline workers.
“Part of the effect of the pandemic was the sack of some of our members. Those who are not sacked have been sent on compulsory leave, while many have had their salaries cut.
“This is indeed a trying time that calls for fervent prayers and concerted efforts on the part of the authorities,” NUJ said.
It called on media owners to have a rethink, particularly on the arbitrary sack of journalists.
The union also appealed to government to support media organisations with stimulus packages to cushion the effect of the pandemic.
It promised to continue to exhibit strong commitment to members’ welfare and encourage professionalism at all times.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Eid-el-Fitr: D-G urges renewal of faith by Nigerians



As Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid-el-Fitr, the Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman, has called for renewal of faith by Nigerians.

Sulaiman, a former Minister of National Planing, made the appeal in llorin on Sunday in a statement commemorating 2020 Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

According to him, the renewal of faith will assist in eliminating COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges militating against the development of the country.

He advised Nigerians to utilise the prayers, piety, sacrifice and spiritual rejuvenation achieved during the holy month to pray for the country to overcome all its challenges.

“Eid marks a new beginning for each individual, and in spite of the COVID-19 crisis being experienced at this time, we should still hope for the blessings of renewed faith that come with it,” he said.

Sulaiman prayed Almighty Allah to continue to grant Nigeria His guidance, safeguard the nation’s faith, and make the world a prosperous and peaceful place.

The former minister praised the foresight of President Muhammadu Buhari; the President of the Senate, Sen.Ahmad Lawan; and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila,
for their unique leadership effort at curbing further spread of  COVID-19.

While wishing Nigerians a prosperous celebration, he also advised them to continue to abide with all government directives and experts advice aimed at containing the scourge. (NAN


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COVID-19: Kebbi Muslims observe Eid prayer inside Juma’at Mosques



For the first time, some Muslims in Kebbi, on Sunday observed the Eid-el-Fitr prayers inside the Emir’s Palace Juma’at Mosque in Birnin Kebbi.

This is in compliance with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Speaking shortly after the prayer, Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashar-Iliyasu, urged Muslims to sustain the lessons learnt during the Ramadan period by refraining from sinful acts.

Bashar-Iliyasu, who is also the Chairman, Kebbi State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, advised his subjects to abide by government guidelines on ways of curbing the spread of COVID-19.

The monarch also charged the people to massively engage in agricultural activities as the rainy season had set in, so as to ensure bumper harvest.

In his Sallah message, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, felicitated with Muslims on successful completion of Ramadan fast.

The SSG, said shortly after the Eid prayer in Yauri that Muslims should use the occasion to pray for Allah’s intervention to bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic, and for peace and stability in the country.

Umar-Yauri admonished the people to maintain all the COVID-19 precautionary measures outlined by the health professionals and government, including personal hygiene, physical distancing, use of face mask and hand-washing, especially at public gatherings.

Also, the members representing Arewa/Dandi federal constituency, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi-Kamba joined other notable leaders to congratulate Nigerians, especially the Muslims on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast and the celebration of the Eid-el-fitr.

He enjoined Muslims to sustain the lessons learnt during the holy month of Ramadan and live with the virtues in order to reap the full reward of their worship.

Abdullahi-Kamba urged people of the constituency to continue promoting peace, love and stability, and shun any divisive tendency that would threaten the oneness of the country.

He admonished them to adhere strictly to the established guidelines on social distancing, cleanliness and other measures put in place to avert Coronavirus as they celebrate the Eid with their family.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr: Gov. Zulum calls for  prayers to end  COVID-19 pandemic



Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno  on Sunday called for more prayers among Nigerians  to promote peace in the country as well as to end  COVID-19 pandemic.


Zulum,who made the call  in his Sallah message in Maiduguri,  congratulated Muslims for their successful completion of the Ramadan fasting.


The governor,  in the message presented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Babagana Wakil,  to newsmen also  prayed to God to reward their fasting and prayers.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Zulum alongside  other dignitaries including Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai, wore face masks.


They also observed social distancing during the Eid prayers at Ramat Square prayer ground.


The prayer was led by Imam Shetima Mamman ,who in a  short sermon, also called for unity in the country and prayers to end COVID-19.


He also urged muslims to always  imbibe and live by  the teachings learnt in the holy month of Ramadan.


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Eid-El-Fitr: Imam tasks Muslims on charity, love, humility, sacrifice



The Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Sheikh Ibrahim Fari on Sunday, urged Muslims in the state to make the lessons of the concluded Ramadan fasting part of their daily lives.

Fari said this during the two rakaat Eid prayers held at Minna central Mosque.

“You have to always put into practice the lessons learnt during the thirty day Ramadan fast in your daily lives, which include charity, love, humility and sacrifice for maximum results,” he said.

The Imam also stressed the need for the faithful to always adhere to government advice on precautionary measures against Coronavirus to curtail the spread of the disease.

Also, Alhaji Nma Kolo, Special Adviser to Gov. Abubakar Bello on political matters, told newsmen that  government was doing everything possible to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Kolo reminded residents of the state that the ban on horse riding, traveling and gatherings were still in force.

He said that the measure was to save lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state has 26 COVID-19 cases.

Edited By: Nkiru Ifeajuna/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: Lawmaker urges Muslims to practice Ramadan lessons



Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin (APC-Kwara) has called on Muslims to imbibe and practice the lessons derived from the just concluded Ramadan fast.

The federal lawmaker also urged Muslims in his constituency to contribute their quota to the growth and development of Nigeria.

Ajuloopin, representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, made the call in a message to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

He described Ramadan season as a sacred period that teaches good morals, showing kindness to fellow humans, noting that such exceptional attitude should be the guiding principles of every Muslim even after the Ramadan period.

The federal legislator charged the faithful to use the Sallah celebration as a sober reflection in finding workable solutions to the nation’s numerous challenges, particularly the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

“We don’t need to go back to those ungodly attitude we have jettisoned during the holy month of Ramadan as good and responsible citizens.

“Those positive lessons we have learnt and derived through our sacrifices while the Ramadan lasted should be our guidance and with prayers we can intercede for solutions to those challenges confronting us a nation.

“Ramadan fasting, as well as the Sallah celebration that follows, are such sacred period when prayers of devoted Muslims were promptly answered by Allah without hesitation.

“The act of building a virile society or nationhood is a collective responsibility of every stakeholder, irrespective of ethno-religious, tribal, cultural, political or geographic background to achieve the desired result.

“As we joined other Muslims across the globe in celebrating the Sallah, we should also reflect in our minds and attitude, as a mark of patriotism, to remember our country in prayers,” he urged.

Ajuloopin maintained that the nation’s socio-economic, security and other domestic challenges were surmountable through stakeholders’ collective efforts and prayers.

He said the country was in dire need of prayers to stem the tide of insurgency, killings, rituals, road accidents, armed robbery as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic that had deprived the citizens of freedom of association and social gatherings.

Ajuloopin said nothing could be accomplished without God’s assistance and permission.

“Therefore, fervent prayers, spiritual stability, magnanimous acts and love are needed in this festive period.

“This is the path towards ensuring growth, financial stability, peaceful co-existence among individuals and the larger society.

“In this period of Sallah celebration we must seek the face of God, especially for our constituency, state and the country in general.

“We desire God to grant every category of leaders, the knowledge, understanding and wisdom for the desired good governance.

“Prayer for this great nation called Nigeria is our collective responsibility, especially in this Sallah season,’’ he said.

He appealed to the nation’s religious leaders to be at the vanguard of campaigning and promoting a corrupt free and decent society, especially among the youths regarded as the potential leaders of tomorrow.

The legislator also called on parents to be alive to their responsibilities of inculcating decent and good moral upbringing in their children.

Besides, he urged the political class to imbibe moral standards, integrity and tolerance to command the confidence of the electorate who freely gave them their mandates.

“Definitely, our children are the leaders of tomorrow, we should do our best as religious leaders, political leaders and even parents to actualise their dreams and aspirations.

“What we desire most are continuous prayers, then the desired transformation envisioned for our constituency, the council, the state and the country will be a reality,’’ he said.

Edited By: Benson Iziama/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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