- The usual Sallah homage paid by the Adamawa state government to traditional rulers haves been cancelled
- Ahmad Sajo, the state commissioner for information, who made the announcement on Monday, August 20, said this came because of insecurity and flooding
- Sajo stated that the decision was taken by the state government after serious considerations with the leadership of traditional rulers' forum
The Adamawa state government, owing to issues of flooding and insecurity, has cancelled its usual Sallah homage to traditional rulers and other stakeholders for this year, The Guardian reports.
Ahmad Sajo, the state commissioner for information, made this announcement in Yola, the state capital on Monday, August 20.
Sajo said that this year’s homage was cancelled after due consultations with the leadership of the traditional institution in the state.
Sajo said: “After due consultation with the Chairman, Adamawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, the Adamawa State Government has directed that the usual Sallah homage be cancelled.
“The cancellation was due to a number of reasons which included insecurity and the emergencies created by flooding which washed away a number of bridges and rendered many families homeless.”
However, he appealed to traditional rulers, top indigenes and stakeholders in the state to use the Sallah period to educated the people on the importance of peace, unity and security.
The commissioner urged the people to also use the period to reflect on things that unite them rather than those that brew disunity.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that not less than two million pilgrims converged on Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia on Monday, August 20, to mark the climax of the 2018 pilgrimage.
Legit.ng gathered that at least 55,000 Nigerians were part of the gathering. The event at Mount Arafat features pilgrims’ supplication for Allah’s guidance and forgiveness. It also involves staying at Arafat from sunrise until sunset as a major rite of the pilgrimage.
It was gathered that movement from Muna, where the pilgrims spent the night in tents, started as early as 12 midnight on Sunday, August 19, and was completed around 6 am.
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