Bago teaches about love, obedience, and sacrifice.
Katsina State Governor Dikko Radda is said to have turned down 100 rams from a local benefactor.
His Niger State counterpart, Mohammed Bago, exhorted Muslims to acquire Prophet Ibrahim’s values of love, obedience, and sacrifice.
The rams were brought to Radda yesterday, ahead of today’s Sallah holiday, according to the Guardian, but he declined the offer.
According to locals, the governor was outraged by the donation and warned people not to bring him such gifts in the future.
Muhammed Kabir, another benefactor, said he was with the governor when the rams were brought to him, but the governor requested that the animals be returned to their owner.
Kabir expressed his delight at the development, saying that “such character is needed among leaders in the country.”
He asked why some donors would give gifts to those in positions of power when there are fewer fortunate people around them who need help.
As a result, Radda urged wealthier persons to use the holiday season to help the underprivileged.
Meanwhile, the governor has urged Christians and Muslims to use the Sallah fast to promote peaceful coexistence.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Ibrahim Mohammed, the governor advised people to embrace the occasion to reignite the spirit of unity among Nigerians, regardless of religious or ideological affiliation.
He stated that it is critical for Nigerians to live peacefully and harmoniously in order to create peace, love, and true brotherhood.
“I congratulate Nigerian Muslims on joining Muslims around the world in commemorating the 2023 Eid-ul-Adha (festival of sacrifice).” The Islamic celebration allows Muslims to reflect on their Creator’s unending favor in their life.
“This season and always,” he continued, “I urge Muslims in Katsina and other parts of the country to pray steadfastly for national unity, peace, and integration.”
He charged President Bola Tinubu, governors, and other political leaders with working tirelessly to reconstruct the country.
Governor Bago emphasized the importance of Eid-el-Kabir to Muslims in his Sallah message yesterday, which was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, and advised them to use the occasion to deepen their faith and submit to Allah’s will.
He acknowledged the economic problems caused by the elimination of the petrol subsidy and urged people to demonstrate understanding and trust in government at all levels, as attempts were being made to implement palliatives to mitigate the effect of subsidy removal.
Bago urged Muslims to remain faithful to their religion while demonstrating kindness and tolerance for peaceful coexistence in society.
“I congratulate all Muslims on the celebration of Eid-el-Kabir this year.” I encourage you to absorb and ponder on the festival’s tremendous lessons, which are the characteristics of Islam.
“As you celebrate, show pity, and make personal sacrifices to the common good and collective interest of the people,” he urged.
While praying for greater security and peace in the state and country, he reminded citizens of his desire and commitment to construct a New Niger State where peace, unity, and development will be the norm, as encapsulated in his administration’s policy thrust.