By Godwin Edeh
The Sarkin Hausawa (Hausa Leader) of Makurdi, Alhaji Riyyanu Sengami has called on Muslim faithful to remain peaceful, humble and law abiding, in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammed as they celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration
Alh. Sengami who made this known after the Eid-El-Kabir prayers in his palace Tuesday, urged Muslim faithful in the state to extend charity to the less privileged, neighbours and well wishers, including non Muslims and to shun every evil tendencies that will breach the existing peace and cordial relationship being enjoyed in the state.
He commended the untiring efforts of of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom in the area of security and provision of infrastructures in the state. He also called on Governor Ortom to ensure even distribution of fertilizer and other farming inputs to keep the state on top of the chart as the ‘Food Basket of the Nation’.
He decried the current high cost of food stuffs in the market and described the situation as unfortunate. According to him, “a ram that we usually buy at N50,000 – N80,000 is now sold between N150,000 – N300,000. I wonder what will happen if it continues like this. However, we thank Almighty Allah for granting us the opportunity to celebrate this year’s Sallah and for immediately answering one of our prayers as it rained in Makurdi.”
Alhaji Sengami also prayed that Allah will continue to keep Nigeria as one indivisible nation no matter the present situation. He further urged Muslim faithful to celebrate within their available resources and to observe COVID-19 protocols during and after the celebration as the nation is approaching its 3rd wave.
Meanwhile, The Voice investigation revealed that it was a beehive of activities at some fun spots and recreation centres as they were filled up with both the young and old who took their time to catch fun and celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir.
Speaking separately with The Voice, Alhaji Danyaro Mohammed, Bala Saidu and Danlami Isah stated that they were all taking their time out to celebrate the Sallah after months of hustling.
Another respondent, Garba Kofarmata said he was out with his family all the way from Lafia to celebrate the Sallah and to enjoy themselves.
However, there was high security presence in strategic locations as security has been beefed up in Makurdi metropolis. A detachment of policemen were noticed around IBB Square, High-Level and Wurukum roundabouts, FMC Junction, close to the Makurdi Central Mosque and Tito Gate while both police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen on patrol to forestall any break down of law and order.
At Wurukum roundabout, the major gate away road between the north and south witnessed free flow of traffic as men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were present to prevent any ugly traffic situation.