By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has described as temporary setback, the economic difficulties being faced by the people of the state which, he said, is a national problem that they should confidently overcome in no distant future.
He said, “We should see the economic problem as a temporary setback, and as a people known for resilience, I am confident that we would overcome the difficulty in no distant future”.
The Governor in a message Wednesday to the people of the state on the occasion marking this year’s Eid-el fitr celebration, assured that the state government is doing everything possible to see to the improvement of the situation.
“As a Government, we are determined to discharge our primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the entire people of Bauchi State. I will therefore like to appeal to all to join hands with the government in our resolve to have a secure, peaceful, prosperous and united Bauchi State”.
Also describing Bauchi as an ethnically and religiously heterogeneous state, the governor however that in spite of its palpable heterogeneity, the state has been enjoying relative peace, and appealed to all that irrespective of their ethnic and religious backgrounds, should use the occasion of the Eid-el- Fitr to consolidate the harmonious coexistence.
“The occasion should also be used to strengthen the existing relationships and also establish new ones. You should also imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, love and respect for one another. I also appeal for tolerance and accommodation by the various ethnic, religious and political groups in the state”.
He expressed gratitude and praises to Almighty Allah (SWT) for making it possible for Bauchi citizens to join other Muslim Umma across the world to witness and celebrate this important religious occasion – the 2021 Eid-el-Fitr.
Senator Bala Mohammed noted that Eid-el-Fitr celebration formally marks the end of the obligatory Ramadan fast which is observed annually by Muslims, and enjoined people to use the lessons of the Ramadan fast and continue to be responsible in both their utterances and conduct even after the Ramadan period.
They should be used the occasion to reflect on their past activities and see how they fared spiritually, so as to take corrective measures towards improving our relationship with Allah (SWT), fellow Muslim Umma and adherents of other faiths.
He also urged people to emulate Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by making sacrifices for the benefit of the less privileged ones in the society, and prayed to Almighty Allah for peace, unity and prosperity of Bauchi state and the country as a whole.
The reminded people that COVID-19 pandemic is still around, and appealed to them to continue to observe the protocols of social distancing, wearing of face masks and washing your hands wherever the need arises.
According to him, they should also endeavour to take the vaccine against the pandemic, as he appealed to motorists to observe traffic regulations so as to reduce accidents on highways during and beyond the Eid-e lFitr celebration.
“Parents should take care of their children and wards in order to minimize the incidents of missing children during the celebration”, Bala concluded.