Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has called on citizens in the state and other Nigerians, to dedicate the sallah period and its spirituality in remembering and praying for soldiers, other armed forces, the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who despite the festivities, are currently in front lines, making sacrifices in fighting boko haram insurgents through ground and air operations, particularly around northern Borno, in a continued determination to fully regain peace.
Zulum made the call in his goodwill sallah message made public by the Special Adviser on Public Relations and Strategy, Malam Isa Gusau.
“With the Eid-IL-Kabir being about faith and sacrifices in obedience to Allah, citizens should without loosing focus on spiritual essence, also reflect very deeply, that even as we all gather in exciting congregations, share moments with our loved ones, exchange visits and gifts with families and friends, there are soldiers, policemen, other armed forces in the para-military and the DSS, volunteers from the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who are in war fronts sacrificing their safety, sacrificing proximity to their loved ones and sacrificing all the sallah excitements mainly to ensure that those of us who celebrate the festivities, do so in an atmosphere of sustained peace,” Professor Zulum said, as quoted by his spokesman
Continuing further, the governor said: “As we celebrate, each of us owes these patriotic soldiers, other armed forces and volunteers portions of our time to remember and pray that Allah keeps all of them safe and make them consistently victorious over the Boko Haram insurgents. Beside prayers, I appeal to citizens to share whatever they can with families of fallen soldiers, policemen, civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes within their reach, in recognition and appreciation of the sacrifices made by their bread winners to help in Borno’s desperate search for peace” .
The Governor also urged citizens to remember that there are thousands of fellow brothers and sisters, who are celebrating the sallah outside their communities as a result of displacement inflicted by insurgents.
“Thousands of orphans; hundreds of old and weak women and men will be celebrating the sallah as displaced persons in government camps within Nigeria and as refugees in republics of Niger, Cameroon and Chad. We owe them prayers for permanent peace and restoration of livelihoods in their communities so that insha’Allah, this will be their last sallah as IDPs and refugees. Aside prayers, we owe them support. I appeal to citizens to extend kinds gestures to displaced persons within their reach” the Governor said.
Professor Zulum also called on citizens to go about sallah festivities peacefully, assuring that security formations are fully prepared to, in continued approach, guarantee public safety.