Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on Tuesday joined the Muslim community in Enugu at the Central Mosque, Owerri Road, to celebrate the feast of Eid-el-Kabir, calling for special prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and other leaders in the country.
Mr Ugwuanyi, who was warmly received amid jubilation by Muslim faithful in the state, including the State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed; the State Director, State Security Services, (SSS); and Sarkin Hausawa, Abukakar Sambo, among others, felicitated with them and also called for a special prayer for Enugu State.
The governor expressed delight at the existing peace in Enugu State, which he said was responsible for the security of lives and property in the state, noting that “this has brought development”.
“As you celebrate in this season of sacrifice, may we all continue to see one another as brothers and sisters for the good of our dear state and our dear country Nigeria”, he added.
The Muslims, who appreciated the presence of Mr Ugwuanyi at the Mosque to celebrate with them also prayed for him and his administration for the guidance, peace, protection and blessings of Allah. The jubilant Muslim faithful equally commended the governor for the “marvelous” work he is doing in the state and reiterated their firm support for him in 2019 and beyond.
Speaking, the Sarkin Hausawa, Enugu State, Mr Sambo, added that the feast of Eid-el-Kabir, “which is the Eid of sacrifice”, equally offered them the opportunity to celebrate the governor, saying: “we are also celebrating you because we have seen the significance of today in you.”
Mr Sambo disclosed that Mr Ugwuanyi has demonstrated love and a style of leadership that promotes “unity, togetherness and love for both religions”, maintaining that the governor is “indeed a great man”, who has visited the mosque on several occasions to identify with them.
According to the Sarkin Hausawa, “We the Muslim community in Enugu State assure you that you have our loyalty; you have our support; you have our prayers because you are indeed a friend of Muslims”.
The Muslim leader thanked the governor for the Sallah gifts he gave to the community, restating: “May your days be long. We are looking not only ahead of 2019; Muslims in Enugu State are looking beyond. Your good work is everywhere”.
Also speaking, the leader of the Yoruba Muslim community in the state, Abdulazizi Adebayo, while describing Mr Ugwuanyi as “a security manager”, compared his cordial relationship with the Muslims to that of late Obafemi Awolowo, saying: “You are doing like Awolowo” who was “not a Muslim but was a friend of Muslims.”
In his brief remark, the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed noted that the governor’s presence at mosque to rejoice with Muslims was sign of “quality leadership”, stressing that, “Though a Christian but he decided to join the Muslims on our Sallah day.”
His words: “His Excellency is a great leader and we will continue to support him to make sure that the good people of Enugu State sleep with their two eyes closed.
“As the Yoruba Chief Imam said, he is a security manager. He is beyond a security manager. Truly, he gives us the maximum support we need to operate effectively. We are assuring you that we will not fail you and the good people of Enugu State.”
The climax of the event was the presentation of a ram to the governor to celebrate the feast as a friend of Muslims.