Muslims Hold Peaceful Eid Al-Fitr Prayer In Ilorin


Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin 

The Eid Al-Fitr prayer was held on Wednesday in Ilorin, Kwara State, North Central Nigeria, under a peaceful atmosphere.

Security operatives, however, mounted surveillance at strategic locations in the metropolis.

The two-rakah prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Salihu.

Though the state governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq who is in Makkah for the lesser hajj was absent at the Eid prayer ground, the state government functionaries were led to the place by the speaker of the State House of Assembly, Engr. Yakubu Salihu-Danladi, and the chief of staff to the governor, Prince Mahe Abdulkadir.

In his Sallah message, the Emir of Ilorin and chairman, Kwara State Traditional Rulers Council, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, urged Muslims to continue to be thankful to Allah for His mercies and protection over them.

He noted that despite the daunting challenges confronting the nation, “the people of Ilorin Emirate are living in peace and harmony without rancour, which necessitates us to remain grateful and prayerful always.”

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Sulu-Gambari decried the incidences of kidnapping and other social vices bedevilling the nation and advised citizens to always support leaders with fervent prayers and obedience to enable them to deliver on their mandates.

Support for President Tinubu

He sought the people’s continued support for President Bola Tinubu and Governor AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq, advising them to shun any act capable of overheating the polity.

In his sermon, the Chief of Imam of Ilorin, Dr Mohammad Bashir Salihu shortly after the two-rakah prayer, urged Muslims to remain committed to the commandments of Allah at all times.

Dr. Salihu extolled the virtues of Prophet Muhammad, describing him as the best of mankind. He prayed for peaceful co-existence across the world, especially in Nigeria.

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