Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has called on Muslims and Christians in the State to continue to live in peace with one another for unity and development.
The Governor noted that without a harmonious relationship between adherents of both faiths and humanity, no progress can be achieved.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya made the call when he hosted members of the State House Assembly, Commissioners and other top Government functionaries to a lunch, to appreciate the Almighty Allah for the successful completion of the Ramadan fast, which came to a climax with the Eid el-fitr festival.
The Governor observed that the Eid el- fitri celebration, which came at the heels of the lent and Easter festival, signifies the brotherhood that exists among the Muslims and Christians.
“We thank God that in Gombe State we have been living peacefully with one another, both Christians and Muslims, in brotherhood and good neighborliness and for that we have every reason to celebrate and coming now to Eid el fitri, that we are celebrating today after earlier celebrating the Easter, I think this is also another reason for us to get together and rejoice”. Governor Inuwa Yahaya stated.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya expressed gratitude to the Almighty Allah for sparing the State from crisis, despite years of violent attacks by insurgents, describing Gombe as the most peaceful State in Nigeria at the moment.
The Governor used the occasion to admonish both Muslims and Christians to continue in the spirit of Ramadan and the Lent to maintain the peaceful and harmonious relationship that has existed between the two faiths in Gombe State.
He admonished Muslims to sustain the essence and spirit of Ramadan, reaching out to the needy and the poor in the society.
The Governor urged Nigerians must work collectively regardless of differences to restore normalcy for which the country is known for, describing kidnappings for ransom, as alien to the nation’s socio-cultural experiences.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya prayed God to grant Gombe State, the North East and Nigeria in general, peace and togetherness.
He disclosed that he will soon embark on a statewide tour to further re-emphasize his administration’s commitment towards improving the lot of the people.
Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Manassah Jatau said from the peaceful and colorful display of Durbar at the palace of the Emir of Gombe, was an evident that Gombe State remained peaceful and well governed by the administration of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.
Dr. Daniel Jatau prayed that the blessings and rewards attached to the month of Ramadan will abide with Muslims and non Muslims alike in the State and beyond.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya had earlier joined the Emir of Gombe, Dr Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, dignitaries and other Muslim faithful to observe the 2- Raka’at Eid prayer at Gombe central Eid praying ground which marked the end of Ramadan fast.
In a sermon delivered by the chief Imam of Gombe Central mosque, Ustaz Hammari shortly after the two rakaat prayer, the cleric charged the congregation to sustain the devotion and other good deeds performed during the Ramadan period for continuous rewards and blessings from Almighty Allah.
He called on Muslim faithful to intensify prayers for return of peace in Nigeria and bumper harvest, especially at a time like now when rainy season is setting in.
The Governor received an overwhelming cheers by well- wishers in appreciation of the positive impact his administration was making in the lives of the people when his motorcade passed through the major streets of the metropolis.
At the Palace of the Emir of Gombe, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya and other dignitaries were treated to a colourful durbar to the admiration of all.
In his message to mark the religious festival, the Emir of Gombe, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, called for sustained prayers for the nation and its leaders.
He equally enjoined famers to brace up for the rainy season, just as he emphasized the need for harmonious relationship among the diverse people of the state and in particular between farmers and herders for a peaceful Gombe state.
The monarch commended Governor Yahaya’s leadership style and his unprecedented achievements in all facets of human endeavors.