…Counsels Fellow Politicians To Remember That Power Belongs To God Only
By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Contrary to the apprehensions in Kwara State that there could be a replay of clashes at the Ilorin Eid praying ground, the ceremony was peaceful yesterday.
Earlier, there was heavy presence of security operatives, including soldiers, policemen and personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, who mounted very tight security in and around the praying ground at the celebration marking the end of Muslims’ Ramadan fast.
The state Police Command had on Friday banned any form of praise singing and political campaigns at the praying ground, apparently to forestall any break down of law and order.
The security personnel besieged the praying ground and its environs in large numbers, controlling vehicular movements and guiding the faithfuls to the praying ground.
The state governor, Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and top members of his cabinet attended the prayer session.
In his message, he congratulated Muslims on the completion of the Ramadan fast, describing the days and nights of the month as ones like no other, during which Muslims faithful proudly competed to outdo one another in good deeds.
He said, “I congratulate our Muslim brethren, and especially the leader of the faithfuls in Kwara State, the Emir of Ilorin, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari.
“It is my prayer to Almighty Allah to accept it as a worthy act of worship, accept all our supplications in and after Ramadan, set our country on the path of improved security and greatness, grant us the grace to observe many more of Ramadan in good health and best of faith, and reward us with Al-Jannah Firdaus.
“I also commend everyone, including the political class, to carry on the message and spirit of Ramadan, even after its completion. Ultimately, power belongs to God and He gives whomsoever He so wishes.”
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and his high chiefs were also at the prayer ground, while the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Salihu, led the two-rakah prayers.