As the nation celebrates Eid-el-Kabir, Muslims in Bayelsa State have called on Governor Douye Diri to remember the welfare packages he promised them when he took over as the state helmsman last year.
The Vice President General of the Bayelsa State Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Yakubu Otobo, who made the call said the governor, among other things, promised to provide an 18- seater bus for them and also appoint some of them into positions of responsibility in his government.
Otobo, while speaking to journalists on Monday, July 19, during his message to mark the Eid-El-Kabir celebration, better known as Big Sallah, in Yenagoa, lamented that none of the promises has been fulfilled.
He said the bus approval the governor gave since last Sallah celebration is yet to be implemented, noting that the seeming delay is causing shame and inconveniences to the council whenever they travel outside the state, and that it does not give a good name to the state government.
He said: “The last Sallah celebration, we demanded for some items like bus, about three times we met with him, he has approved it but up till now we have not gotten the bus.
“Let him give us the bus, because going to meetings outside Bayelsa, all the other states are coming with their buses donated by their state governments, while we are using keke and taxis to go.
“It is not giving the state a good name, so we are pleading with him, he should do well so that we can get the bus and other things, just like the appointments of other Muslims into other offices”.
He wished the Governor, his Deputy and the entire state a happy Sallah celebration, and appealed to all Muslim faithful in the state to ensure they visit the mosque for prayers as well as celebrate sallah cheerfully and peacefully with everybody, irrespective of religious divides.
“To my Muslim brothers and to the Miracle Governor and to the Miracle Deputy Governor, I want to wish everybody a happy Barka de Sallah. By tomorrow every Muslim should go to the Eid ground to pray and after the prayer, then slaughtering.
“The Quaran has directed that after the slaughtering you should share with everybody, so all the other people that have should go and slaughter it and cook and share with our Christian brothers. We have been co-existing in Bayelsa so we should celebrate peacefully”, he stated.
On his part, the Secretary General of the Bayelsa State Council of Islamic Affairs, Mr. Mohammed Erefa said the Big Sallah came about as a result of Allah’s test of Prophet Ibrahim’s failth.
He said Prophet Ibrahim was told by Allah to sacrifice his son Ismael, this was a test and encouraged all Muslims to keep the faith irrespective of the challenges they might be facing.
He urged Muslim faithful around the world to emulate Ibrahim, leave every fight to Allah, and not take up arms at the slightest provocation.