By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said that his government is not unaware of the discomfort people of the state are facing both economically and spiritually as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is for this reason, he said, that the government directed for the early payment of May salaries and pensions of workers and retirees to enable them celebrate the Eid-el fitr celebration with joy.
The Governor, in a goodwill message to mark this year’s Eid-el fitr celebration, assured that his administration will not fail in its responsibilities of ensuring the welfare of the people of the state.
According to him, the state government is doing everything possible to alleviate the sufferings of its people, in addition to the measures taken to contain the spread of the dreaded disease.
He observed that the current economic turndown and its attendant consequences arising from the virus will no doubt have adverse effects on how majority of the people celebrate the Eid-el fitr.
“I want you to see this as a temporary setback that affects the whole World and will be over in no distance future by the grace of Almighty Allah”, he told the people.
Governor Bala Mohammed explained that the state government has eased the lockdown restrictions in consideration of the tremendous achievements recorded in preventing the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
He therefore tasked the people not to relax in taking measures such as maintaining social distance and physical distance, observing constant washing of hands with soap and water, use of face masks, among others.
The governor also observed that fasting strengthens people’s faith in Allah and purify souls, guides utterances and conduct, with the Muslims believe that Ramadan teaches self-discipline and control, sacrifices and apathy with those who are less privileged, thereby encouraging actions of generosity and clarity.
“It is my hope that we will continue to be responsible in both our utterances and conduct and even after the Ramadan period, as believers, we should be guided by the teaching of Ramadan in our day-to-day dealings with our brothers and sisters, and extends hands of fellowship to adherents of other faith”.
Governor Mohammed urged the people to reflect on their past activities with a view to take corrective measures towards improving on their relationship with their creator.
He enjoined the Muslims Ummah in Bauchi state to emulate Prophet Muhammad by making sacrifices for the benefit of less-privileged members of the society as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el fitr.