The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, PhD, says the current security situation in the country calls for sober reflection and concerted efforts from all in assisting the Federal and State Govts in the protection of life and property of citizens of the country.
Dr lkpeazu who stated this when leaders of the Muslim Community in the state paid him a Sallah visit as part of the celebration of this year’s Eld – El – Kabir at his govt House lodge , Umuahia stressed the need for every Nigeria irrespective of their religious or ethnic background to be their brother’s keeper especially in the face of the increase in Kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities across the nation.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, enjoined the Muslim faithfuls in the state to reflect on the real essence of the celebration of the Eld El Kabri which is that of faith, sacrifice and obedience to the will of God by reassessing their relationship with God and fellow Nigerians and rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity.
He commended the peaceful coexistence existing between the Muslim community and the state govt, assuring that govt will continue to partner them and urged the leaders of the Muslim communities to impress on their people to embrace the spirit of love for one another rather than promoting disunity and religious intolerance.
Governor Ikpeazu used the forum to congratulate and wish the entire Muslim community resident in the state well and reassured of govt’s commitment to ensure the protection of lives and property of every citizen in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the Muslim community in the state, the Chief Imam Abia State, Shiek Ali Ukaiwo who described the celebration of Eld El Kabir as a period the Muslim Umar perform the obedience and submission of Abraham to the will of God thanked the state govt for always identifying with the Muslim Umar in the state during the Eld El Kabir and Eld Fitri celebration and reassured govt of their support at all time.
Also Speaking, the Serinkin Hausa, Alhaji Danladi Yaro appreciated the Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu led govt for his giant strides in the development of the state and solicited for assistance to help them ease some of the problems confronting them.
The event attracted the presence of the state chairman, PDP, Sir Johnson Onuigbo, Permanent secretaries, top govt officials and leaders of the various Muslim groups in the state.