Muslims celebrate Eid-El-Kabir in Ilorin amid tight security

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Emir of Ilorin, the Senate President Bukola Saraki; Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; State Assembly Speaker

Muslims across the world on Monday observed two rakats (prayers) to mark the Eid-El-Kabir festival.

In Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital, the worshippers started converging on the Ilorin praying ground as early as seven o’clock in the morning.
VON correspondent reports that all entrances to the praying ground were fortified with security agents to provide adequate security of lives and property as well as forestall any outbreak of law and order.
VON also reports that it was a combined team of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Customs, Immigration, Nigeria Prisons Service, State Security Service, Civil Defence Corps, NDLEA, FRSC, Nigeria Red Cross, Vigilante Group and Private Security Guards, that provided water-tight security.
Speaking with newsmen, the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Olushola Amore who coordinated the security at the praying ground, said the water tight security provided was not as a result of any threat but to ensure adequate security of worshippers.
Dignitaries at the praying ground include, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad; a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Abubakar Kawu Baraje; serving and former members of the National Assembly as well as members of the State Executive Council.
Others are the General Manager of Radio Kwara,  Abdullateef Adedeji, his NTA counterpart, Mallam Adetunji Mojeed, and the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah among others.
The two prerogative prayers were led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Soliu Mohammed Bashir at about seventeen minutes to ten in the morning.
 The Chief Imam at the end of the prayer slaughtered a ram to mark the commencement of the festival.
In his sermon, the Chief Imam, admonished Muslims to be steadfast in prayers and committed to the propagation of Islam.
Imam Muhammad Bashir said it is good to slaughter ram, sheep and camel for the festival as well as cow and urged those that are capable of slaughtering to give out to their neighbors who are not capable.
The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari charged the people of Ilorin Emirate to channel their efforts to productive ventures.

He urged the people to always seek for forgiveness.

Muslims at the prayer ground in Ilorin, at Sallah on Monday
Muslims at the prayer ground in Ilorin on Monday.
Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, enjoined Muslims faithful to sustain their religious obligations of living in peace and harmony with fellow human beings.
The Emir who is also the Chairman Traditional Rulers Council in the state also stressed the need for them to abstain from any action that could cause disunity among members of the society.
He, however, appealed to government at all levels to make the welfare of the masses their priority.
Speaking with newsmen, the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, enjoined Muslims to ensure peaceful and harmonious relationships always.
Dr Saraki said it was through peace that growth and development could exist and stressed the need to uphold the peace the state is known for.
Also speaking, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, who also called for peace and tranquility among the adherents of Islam and Christianity, charged Muslims ummah to reflect on the lessons of the festival.


Nigerians, particularly Kwarans have been advised to avoid any act that could cause disaffection or disunity in the country.
The people are also charged to guide against utterances and behaviours, capable of causing crisis and tarnishing the image of Kwara and Nigeria as a whole.
The founder of Mike Omotosho Foundation, Dr Mike Omotosho said this in a congratulatory message to felicitate with Muslims and the people of Kwara State on Eld-El-Kabir.
Dr Omotosho noted that the current economic recession and other challenges facing the country should not be allowed to create disaffection or disunity among the people, but should be seen as a blessing in disguise to further develop the nation and for the people to work together as a united entity.
Dr Omotosho, who is also the Governor-Emeritus of Rotary Club International District 9125, felicitated with the people of Kwara State, particularly, the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Ibrahim Sulu Gambari and all traditional rulers in the state on the occasion of Eid-El-Kabir.
He implored the people of the state to continue to be law-abiding and work together as a strong team for the growth and development of the state.
The founder of Mike Omotosho Foundation also enjoined the people to sustain the existing peace and harmony the state is known for at all times and be security conscious, pledging his support and commitment to uplift the wellbeing of the people of the state.
Dr Omotosho stated that the Foundation would celebrate Sallah with the less-privileged people in the society on Tuesday at the Mike Omotosho Foundation Office along Fate road, Ilorin as part of the activities marking the event.