By Laleye DipoÂ in Minna
The ed-el-kabir Muslim festival was held in Minna and environs peacefullyÂ on FridayÂ with the faithful praying for the peace and unity of the state and Nigeria.
Â The prayer in Minna was attended by prominent people including the emir Dr. Umar Farouq Bahago, speaker of the state house of assembly Alhaji Ahmed Marafa Guni, former governor of the state Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu was led by the chief imam of Minna centralÂ mosque alhaji Abu Fari
Â The state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello traveled to Kontagora his country home for the sallah.Â
Governor Bello joined the Sarkin Sudan Kontagora Alhaji Saidu Namaska to say the prayers held at the Kontagora township stadium.Â
Â The two rakkat prayer was led by the chief Imam of Kontagora Sheikh Shehu Rimaye.
Â Speaking after the prayer Alhaji Abubakar Sani BelloÂ re-emphasised the need for “all Nigerians to live in peace irrespective of tribe, creed or religion” stressing that “development and progress can only be achieved when there is peace”..Â
“We as a people need to deliberately ensure that peace reigns in our country, whether you are a Christian or a Moslem or whatever is your religion or tribe, we have to live peacefully together in one accord.
“For any meaningful development to be recorded, we have to enthrone peace in our day to day life. Our progress as a people is dependent on peace. There must be deliberate and concerted efforts by all to give peace a chance”.
The governor assured Nigerlites of his resolve to continue to provide meaningful leadership by ensuring even spread of infrastructural facilities in the state.
He wished Muslim Ummah successful and hitch-free Sallah celebration and prayed for a rewarding Hajj exercise and journey mercy for all pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.
All the Imams later carried out the slaughtering of rams before other Muslims followed suit.