By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Thousands of Muslim faithful in Minna, Niger State, converged at the city’s main Eid prayer ground behind Ungwan Daji area in the morning hours of Thursday to observe the two raka’at prayers for this year’s Eid El Fitr, the Muslim festival at the completion of the thirty days of fasting in the preceding month of Ramadan.
Former military, Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami A. Abubakar, former governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, the Niger state deputy governor, Ahmed Muhammad Ketso, Mohammed Babangida, (the eldest son of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida) and other state players and citizens were amongst the congregants.
The weather was clement and security personnel were on sentry in and around the prayer ground. The prayers were said under a serene and peaceful atmosphere.
The two raka’at prayers was led by the Chief Imam of the Minna Central Mosque, Ibrahim Fari.
The cleric expressed gratitude to Allah for the completion of the Ramadan fast and the coming of the Eid El Fitr.
Congregants, mostly clad in flowing gowns and robes as well as young boys and children in colourful dressings added sparks and candor at the prayer ground.
After the prayers, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and his entourage moved round to exchange greetings and pleasantries with personalities at the prayer ground as crowd of well wishes thronged nigh to show their appreciation and praises to him.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu expressed gratitude to Allah for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan even as he asked for Allah’s reward for all faithful.
Babangida, fondly called the Chief Servant, prayed for Allah’s intervention to the security challenges besetting Niger state and the country at large.
He sued for peaceful coexistence of all and tasked citizens to continue to pray fervently for those in leadership positions in the country.