The Eid-el-Kabir celebration was peaceful in Jos, the Plateau State capital and its environs as Muslim faithfuls trooped out in their colourful attire in large numbers to the various prayer grounds to pray to Allah.
Also, combined security operatives were seen conducting stop and search operation at strategic location in the Tin City to prevent any break down of law and order in the state.
Speaking during the his sermons shortly after the Eid-el-Kabir two Rakkat prayer, held at the Jos central Mosque, the Chief Imam of Jos Central Mosque, Sheikh Lawal Adam admonished Nigerians to always remain close to Allah, for a better society and nation building.
Adam said there is the absolute need for Nigerians, particularly Muslims to; “always remain close to Allah in what ever they are doing, have the fear of Allah and practice the true tenets of Islam”.
He said the current hardship being experience in the world and in Nigeria requires sincerity and prayers for the situation to improve.
“I am admonishing all to pray for peace, good development of the world and Nigeria. We must fear Allah and pray for the way out of economic recession in Nigeria,” he said.
Adam further admonished Parents and youths to fear Allah, saying doing so will make them shun vices.
He said: “Our youths should fear Allah, shun vices, be obedient to parents and leaders. You should also avoid all form of thuggery and intake of illicit drugs.”
Adam also admonished parents to ensure proper moral upbringing of their children, by sending them to school and teaching them trades for better society.
“I am admonishing you to be kind to your wives, by ensuring that you provide them with food, clothes, education, healthcare and so on,” he said.
According to him, Allah will be happy with the men if they discharge their responsibilities, properly.
Similarly, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has congratulated the Muslims saying; “We thank Allah for making the Muslim observed the Eid prayer peacefully.”
Speaking shortly after the prayer, Lalong through the state commissioner of Information and communication, Malam Nazif Ahmad, said a peaceful celebration is the main wish of the governor.
He said that the significance of the sacrifice within the period was beside worship of Allah, adding that it also involves praying for nation building and strengthened economy of the nation.