- Residents of Maiduguri, the capital of troubled Borno state, experience Sallah celebration devoid of attacks
- The governor of the state, Babagana Zulum, urges residents of the state to continue to pray for peace to enable development
- The governor and other politicians also witness a durba organised by the Shehu of Borno
As against recent attacks on communities of Borno by the Boko Haram insurgents, the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations held peacefully in Maiduguri, the capital of the state on June 4.
Daily Trust reports that the celebrations held in an atmosphere of peace as against what obtained in recent weeks resulting in clashes between the insurgents and security agencies.
It was learnt that Governor Babagana Zulum was accompanied by Senator Muhammadu Ali Ndume, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Kanemi, the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Muhammadu Masta II, other top government functionaries and politicians to the praying ground at 9.15 am.
The prayer was said to have held at the Ramat Square and led by the imam of the two Eids, Muhammad Shettima Saleh.
Speaking to journalists after the prayer, Governor Zulum, felicitated with the Muslim faithful and promised to ensure adequate security of life and property in the state.
The governor, who recently took an oath of office, urged the people to continue to pray for peace to make it easy for the state to be developed.
The report said a durbar was staged at the palace of the Shehu and this was witnessed by the monarch and his numerous district heads, who thrilled the governor’s entourage with arrays of horses and courtiers dressed in fascinating royal colours.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the police command in Borno imposed a restriction of vehicular movement in the territory from 7 am to 12:15 pm during the Eid celebration in Maiduguri and Jere local government areas of the state.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar Usman, the spokesman of the command announced this in a statement in Maiduguri.
Usman said that “Muslim faithfuls are once again celebrating Eid-el-Fitr on June 4 and June 5 marking 29th or 30 of Ramadan fast.
“In furtherance to the above, there will be restriction of vehiculer movement between 7 a.m. and 12:15p.m. beginning from June 4."
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