Eid-el-fitr: Fmr President, ex- Governor enjoin Nigerians to keep hope alive

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By Correspondent in Minna

Former Military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubarkar, former Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu have joined Nigerians, particularly those in Niger state, to keep hope alive, remain peaceful and have firm belief in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

Abdulsalami gave the advice shortly after the muslims observed the two raka’at prayer at the city’s main Eid prayer ground behind Ungwan-daji, Minna.

He assured the people that the security agencies were working tirelessly to bring an end to the current security challenges bedeviling the country.

General Abdulsalami also enjoined Nigerians to keep praying and hoping that solution to the security challenges is underway, adding that the sictuation was not beyond what the Nigerian Army with support of other security agencies could handle.

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“What is expected of Nigerians in this trial moment is fervent prayers,” the former Head of State said.

He, however, condemned acts of saborage against efforts by the security forces to nip in the bud infiltrations of the armed bandits and Boko-Haram insurgents.

While calling for collective efforts in the fight against crime and all forms of criminality, Abubarkar applauded security agencie as well as other stakeholders for their efforts aimed at restoring peace in Nigeria.

Among other notable Nigerlites that attended the eid prayers include: former Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Niger state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Muhammad Ketso and Mohammed Babangida, (eldest son of Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, one time military president in Nigeria.

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Also speaking, former Governor Babangida Aliyu expressed gratitude to Allah for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast and asked for Allah’s reward for all muslim faithful and prayer for Allah’s intervention to the security challenges besetting Niger state and the country at large.

He called for peaceful coexistence amongst the diverse ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, Niger state in particular and tasked citizens of the state to continue to remain steadfast in prayers for those in leadership positions at states and the national level.

Our Correspondent reports that the two raka’at prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Minna Central Mosque, Alhaji Ibrahim Fari,who also expressed gratitude to Almighty Allah for the completion of the Ramadan fast and the coming of the Eid-el-fitr in his sermon.

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