By; BUHÀRI B. BELLO, os
Plàteau State Goverment hàs pledged fairness among the followers of the two religious beliefs in the state, even as members of Fityanul Islam of Nigeria (FIN), has frowned at non coverage of Eid-el-Maulud, by the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA.)
The Governor, Simon Bako Lalong assured of justice between the various groups in state as a means of consolidating on the peace being enjoyed.
He urged Muslims in the state to always emulate the virtues of peace, love, caring and respect as exemplified by Prophet Muhammad SAW.
Represented by the state Commissioner of Water Resources and Energy, Eng. Sa’ad Bello, Lalong explained that his Government would continue to provide fairness and justice to the adherents of all religious beliefs.
The chairman of the State Maulud organising committee, Alhaji Ateeku Yusuf, said Fityanul Islam has expressed dismay that for some years now the NTA, has not been reporting Maulud activities, even when Federal Government has been declaring public holidays to celebrate the dày.
He lamented the situation, at the 41 annual Eid-el-Maulud on Sunday, in Jos.
“We are appealing on the management of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), to continue showing the activities of Eid-el-Maulud, been activities to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad SAW, since the Federal Government declares public holiday as far a Eid-el-Maulud is concerned.”
According to him, ” it’s not fair for the Director-General of NTA, Malam Yakubu Ibn Muhammad, to direct stoppage of covering and airing the activities of Maulud, simply because he does not celebrate Maulud.
“It doesn’t matter because you are the head of an organisation like NTA, that you don’t celebrate Maulud, that doesn’t mean that you should deny other people their right to celebrating Eid-el-Maulud,” he said.
He said like some Christians do not celebrate Christmas, but Government is declaring public holidays and Christmas activities are covered, it is also the right of Muslims, celebrating Maulud, to be covered.
Alhaji Ateeku, said as Nigerians it is their right for the NTA to air Maulud activities, as has been the true situation prior to the tenure of the present head of the management of NTA.
“We are Nigerians and appealing to the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to also take note on the infringement of our fundamental human rights,” he said