Eid-el-Kabir message: Our greatest challenges are rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of displaced persons

Eid-el-Kabir message: Our greatest challenges are rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of displaced persons
September 11 14:28 2016

By Ibrahim Geidam

As you are all aware, Monday, 12th day of September 2016 which is equivalent to 10th of Dhul Hijja 1437 AH is Eid-el-kabir day. This day has been set aside since the advent of Islam to commemorate the act of submission to Almighty Allah, by the Prophet Ibrahim (A.S) when he attempted to sacrifice his son Isma’il (A.S) in fulfillment of a divine vision. On this blessed day of Eid-El-Kabir Festival, it is with gratitude to the Almighty Allah, that I express my warm greetings and best wishes to the entire people of Yobe state in particular and Nigeria at large. I rejoice with you and with millions of the other Muslim faithful all over the world who have been blessed by the Almighty Allah to witness and celebrate this great and magnificent occasion.

The sacrifice of animals offered by Muslims to mark this day has a lot of significance to all believers, Allah says in the Holy Qur’an Chapter 22 Verse 37 (Suratul Hajj): “It is not their meat or their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.”

The act of sacrifice symbolizes our willingness to give up things and bounties that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts for the sake of others. This also indicates our willingness to share what we have with others.

The sacrifice signifies and re-affirms our faith, total submission to the will of the Almighty Allah and makes us strive towards the attainment of a happy and prosperous society wherein we shall all live as our brothers’ keepers. While continuing to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, we should also continue to inculcate the spirit of love, honesty, discipline and above all fear of Allah in all our actions, be good to our neighbours and above all make the poor and the needy among us have a meaningful livelihood. We should always be good and compassionate to followers of other religions, demonstrate respect, kindness, love, generosity to them and above all show faithfulness to all fellow human beings. This will surely strengthen our collective endeavour to attain and sustain a harmonious, peaceful and cohesive society.

I wish to take the opportunity provided by this solemn occasion to re-assure all our citizens that, in spite of all the challenges that we have had to contend with, our administration shall continue to remain focused and committed to the sustainability of our developmental programmes aimed at making life more meaningful to all citizens. In this respect, I wish to appeal to our good people to always know that the task of moving our beloved State to greater heights is a collective responsibility which requires support and cooperation of all and sundry. While appreciating the enormous goodwill this administration has enjoyed over the years, I wish to further urge our citizens to continue to cooperate with Government for the full restoration of peace and order as they are veritable ingredients of achieving a more prosperous, peaceful, just and egalitarian society.

As true believers, we know that the trials and tests we have experienced in the state over the past six years are part of a divine scheme in life. Alhamdulillah, due to our relentless prayers, peace has been restored in our state culminating in the return of most of the Internally Displaced Persons to their original villages and towns.

The greatest challenge before the government and our development partners is that of rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of the affected people and areas. As you are no doubt aware, four days ago, Mr. President granted me audience where I briefed him on what we have done so far and remaining areas where the federal government could intervene to ensure full rehabilitation and return to normalcy. With the level of commitment by our administration, the federal government, international donor agencies and organizations, other development partners and philanthropic organizations, I am optimistic that we will emerge from the humanitarian situation better and stronger.

In conclusion, I wish to appeal to all our citizens to repent and continue to keep trust in the Almighty Allah’s power to redress the difficult situation we have found ourselves in. We should never relent in continuous prayers particularly during this holy and special period of Eid-el-Kabir and beyond. We should pray for improved security, peace and stability to reign in our state and Nigeria as a whole. We should all pray for good health and safety of our pilgrims who are in the Holy Land performing one of their religious obligations and for their safe return home.

We should also pray for more bumper harvest so that we could ensure food security in our land. We shall equally pray for continued wellbeing, good health and prosperity of all our people in Yobe state in particular and the nation at large.

Finally, I wish you all happy and memorable Eid-el-Kabir, Taqabbalallahu minna wa min kum.

Being text of Sallah message by Governor Ibrahim Geidam of Yobe state.