By Sule Sani-Jalingo
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba state has appealed to the people of the who are currently in Saudi Arabia performing this year’s Hajj to pray fervently for peace and development in the state and Nigeria at large.
Ishaku who made this plea in a message to mark the Eid-el kabir celebration in Jalingo, the state capital, felicitate with Muslim Ummah, adding that Eid-el-Kabir comes always with the great lesson of humility and tolerance as exemplified by the Great Prophet of Islam.
According to him, the period also reminds Muslim of the need for sacrifice on their part to ensure peace and prosperity in the country as a whole.
For Tarabans, the Governor said, this year’s Eid-el-Kabir must be for all of them an opportunity to reconcile with friends and neighbours, as well as to re-dedicate themselves to the pursuit of peace which is the most critical need of the state today.
Let us, therefore, resolve on this auspicious occasion to support the efforts of government to ensure lasting peace throughout the state. No sacrifice is too much for this to be achieved. Ishaku said.
Governor Darius Ishaku however, seize the opportunity of the Sallah celebration to restated his commitment to work with the adherents of all religions in the state to achieve peace.
He noted that without peace, there will be no development, promising to continue to provide the enabling atmosphere for the adherents of all religions to practice the faith of their choice freely as enshrined and guaranteed by the constitution.
“In doing so, my administration has consistently synergized and engaged with the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Muslim Council. I’m glad that this synergy has immensely assisted our people to find religious fulfillment.” Ishaku added.
“We have, since assumption of office, pursued the policy whereby thousands of Christians and Muslims are sponsored by the administration to go on pilgrimages to Israel and Saudi Arabia. Even as I address you now, hundreds of Taraba State Muslims are in the Holy land of Saudi Arabia performing Hajj.”
However, on the ongoing crisis in some parts of the state, the Governor appealed to the warring factions in the Southern parts to sheath the sword in the name of God and allow peace to reign among them.
“I urge them to support the numerous peace building measures jointly put in place by my administration and that of my Benue State counterpart.” Darius emphasized.