Muslims in Rivers State today joined their counterpart across the world to mark this year’s Eid-el Kabir celebrations in Nigeria
Our correspondent who visited most of the worship centers in the state reports that security personals were in and around the premises to ensure free flow of the celebration.
One of the Imams, Hon. Aribitonye Okiri who spoke in an interview with our correspondent said the annual festival marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by hundreds of millions of Muslims across the world.
Okiri maintained that the religion is known for peace, love an unity and not known for war and violence, adding that the state of insecurity in Nigeria today cannot be associated to true Muslim faithfuls.
“it is my believe and my thinking that the bandits that are behind the killings and insecurity in Nigeria are not true Muslims, Muslims are known for peace and love, unity and not for violence.”
The imam who also oversees the mosque at the mile 1 axis in Port Harcourt, also condemned the recent attack on the Kuje prison where over 68 inmates escaped.
In the spirit of the celebration, the imam urged all Muslim faithfuls in Rivers State and Nigeria to embrace peace, love and unity.
“it is very disturbing and heart broken to wake up in the morning only to hear stories of killings and kidnapping in Nigeria, its worrisome so I urged everyone to be peaceful and law abiding even as we prepare for the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.”
Muslims in Nigerian joined their counterparts across the globe to celebrate the 2023 Eid-El-Adha also known as Eid-El Kabir.
The annual festival of Eid al-Adha or the Festival of Sacrifice marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by hundreds of millions of Muslims.
It is usually celebrated with prayers offered on the Eid ground, followed by the slaughter of goats, sheep and cattle in commemoration of the Prophet Abraham’s readiness to sacrifice his son to show obedience to Allah.