By Ndahi Marama & Bala Ajayi
DAMATURU—Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State has announced restriction of vehicular movement from 6am to 2pm today to enable people of the state have a peaceful celebration.
He, however, said that following devastation of communities by insurgents and subsequent liberation by troops, the greatest challenge before his administration was how to reconstruct, rehabilitate and resettle the teeming Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs population.
The governor disclosed this in a statement issued by his Director of Press Affairs, Alhaji Abdullahi Bego, in Damaturu yesterday.
“This is to inform the public that following meetings with heads of law enforcement agencies, the Yobe State Government has approved the placement of restriction on vehicular movement throughout the state from 6.00am to 2.00pm on Monday, September 12, 2016.
“The eight-hour restriction is placed as part of measures to ensure public safety as we mark the Eid on Monday.
“The public is kindly advised that security agents across the state will not allow any form of vehicular movement for the duration of the restriction on Monday (today).
“His Excellency, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam wishes all the people of the state happy and peaceful Eid el-Kabir celebrations,” Bego said.
Meanwhile, Governor Gaidam expressed warm greetings and best wishes to the entire people of Yobe State in particular and Nigeria at large as Muslim faithful troop out enmase to mark the Eid El-Kabir Sallah.
He specifically rejoiced with millions of the other Muslim faithful all over the world who had been blessed by the Almighty Allah to witness and celebrate this great and magnificent occasion.
In his Sallah Message, he said: “The sacrifice of animals offered by Muslims to mark this day has a lot of significance to all believers.”
According to him, Allah says in the Holy Qur’an Chapter 22 Verse 37 (Suratul Hajj);- “It is not their meat or their blood that reaches Allah; it is your piety that reaches Him.”
The act of sacrifices, he noted, “symbolizes our willingness to give up things and bounties that are of benefit to us or close to our hearts for the sake of others.
“The greatest challenge before the government and our development partners is that of rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement of the affected people and areas. As you are no doubt aware, four days ago, Mr. President granted me audience where I briefed him on what we have done so far and remaining areas where the Federal Government could intervene to ensure full rehabilitation and return to normalcy.”
security, peace and stability to reign in our State and Nigeria as a whole”. Bego’s statement concluded.