Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir has called on Muslims in the state to use the special occasion of Eid-el-Maulud to offer prayers for the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
He said that electioneering is coming at a time when peace eludes most parts of the country previously known to be serine, adding this behoves every right-thinking practising Muslim to invoke special supplications for the country at this time.
The governor said this in his goodwill message to Muslims in the state to commemorate the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud.
“At a time like this, I urge all Muslims to pray for peace. I would also like to call on the good people of Bauchi State to live in peace and harmony with one another in spite of their ethnic, religious or political differences.
“We should all offer special prayers for peace in our state in particular and the nation in general in the face of the current security challenges in different parts of the country,” Bala said.
He called on people of all faiths in the state to make a critical reflection on their dealings and interaction with one another over the last year and change where necessary to make way for harmonious coexistence among them.
The governor assured the people of Bauchi state of the commitment of his administration to maintain peace and security in the state, adding that he will not spare anyone or group found causing trouble in the state regardless of who they are.
He added, “Government would not condone any act that is capable of causing rancour and disorder. Any person or group of persons found to be involved in such acts under any guise will be dealt with according to the law.
“Government has, in collaboration with security agencies, taken all measures to ensure the safety of lives and property of people in the State. I would therefore like to appeal for your continued support and cooperation in order to sustain and improve on the existing peaceful atmosphere in the State.”
This year’s Eid-el-Maulud, an annual event Muslims observed on the 12th day of the month Rabi’ul Awwal to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, is coming on the eve year of Nigeria’s general elections.