Kaduna State Governor
The Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, has extended his greetings to Muslims on the occasion of the 2023 Eid-el-Maulud.
The governor who noted the occasion as his first since assuming office, expressed his commitment to rebuilding the state.
He said his administration remains committed to good governance and the task of rebuilding trust in the divided communities of the state.
Governor Sani also urged citizens to embrace the virtues of Prophet Mohammed (SAW), including love, tolerance, justice and perseverance as essential for healing communities and revitalizing local economies.
He also called on the people to put the past behind them, reach out for peace, and resolve differences through dialogue, emphasizing that hate and distrust hinder progress and development.
The Governor made this known in a statement he personally signed and made available by his spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal Shehu, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the governor highlighted his administration's initiatives, including support for inter-faith dialogue, strengthening engagement with security agencies and boosting the capacity of the Kaduna Vigilance Service to combat criminality in the state.
"I wish the Muslim Faithful in Nigeria and Kaduna State in particular Happy Eid-El-Maulud.
"We thank the Almighty Allah for His blessings, protection and guidance.
"We glorify Him for been our shield in these difficult and challenging times.
"This is our first Eid-El-Maulud celebration since assuming office on May 29, 2023.
"We have settled down to the business of governance.
"We have committed ourselves fully to rebuilding trust in our ravaged and divided communities.
"Our people deserve peace and a harmonious environment so that they can rebuild their lives and contribute to the economic development of our dear state.
"This year's Eid-El-Maulud celebration is an opportunity for our citizens to imbibe the virtues of the Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) in order to heal our communities and rebuild our badly damaged local economies.
"Our Holy Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) stood for love, tolerance, patience, justice, fairness, perseverance and forgiveness.
"He suffered persecution because of his beliefs.
"He never wavered in his commitment to the welfare and security of his people despite his trials and tribulations.
"We must, as a people, resolve to put our unpleasant past behind us.
"Let us reach out to one another and make peace.
"Through dialogue, we can resolve our differences and rebuild peace and trust in our communities.
"Hate, distrust and suspicion are antithetical to progress and development. We should henceforth deny conflict entrepreneurs the space to operate.
"Our administration will continue to encourage inter-faith dialogue.
"We shall give the Kaduna State Peace Commission all the support it needs to help resolve age-long conflicts and forge understanding among our people.
"We have been strengthening our engagements with security agencies and boosting the capacity of the Kaduna Vigilance Service (KADVS) in order to re- energize the fight against banditry, kidnapping and other forms of criminality in Kaduna State.
"I urge all Muslims to pray fervently to Almighty Allah for peace and progress in Nigeria and Kaduna State in particular.
"I wish us all a peaceful and accident free celebration," Governor Sani said.