Tambuwal wants drastic measures against banditry
From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has called on Federal Government to take drastic and specific measures against armed banditry in some local government areas of the state, where numerous lives have been lost, enormous property destroyed and thousands of citizens physically and socio-economically displaced.
Tambuwal also commended the Federal Government for its proactive response to health challenges of the citizenry.
He also reminded the people of the state to remain steadfast in imbibing the culture of compassion, honesty and peaceful coexistence, as salient lessons of the Ramadan.
Tambuwal stated this in the state Sallah message on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr celebration on first of Shawwal, 1441AH equivalent to May 24, 2020.
Governor Tambuwal congratulated the people of the state for successful completion of the Ramadan fast, describing it as a soul searching exercise and a rejuvenation of the Muslims’ physical and spiritual dimensions which would strengthen their to face, as well as spiritual and worldly affairs.
He stated that this year’s Ramadan and Sallah festivities have come at a trying moment occasioned by the debilitating effect of the Coronavirus pandemic on the world, noting that the situation necessitated unprecedented changes in the lives, thereby immensely affecting the socio-economic wellbeing of humanity.
According to him, though they have had their fair share of those infected by the pandemic, they remained ever grateful to the Almighty for His mercies so far.
While expressing appreciation to the people of the state for their cooperation in this trying moment, he reminded them not to relent in adhering strictly to all guidelines and measures with regards to the pandemic.
He urged them to endeavour to protect the good name that is known of them by being obedient to authority, especially the counsel of the Sultan of Sokoto and other Ulamas, who in their wisdom, resolved that Eid-el-Fitr two raka’at prayer should be observed in Jumu’at Mosques instead of the usual prayer grounds.
“Women and children are to remain at home and traditional Sallah visitations should be strictly in conformity with the guidelines and measures that are aimed at avoiding exposure to the dreaded disease.
“Be rest assured that all that is being done, is purely in our best interest,” Tambuwal stated.
He also appreciated the dedication and sacrifice of the health workers in the state who are the first line of defence against the coronavirus, maintaining that the role of the state government has not only saved many lives but also gone a long way in limiting the spread of the pandemic.
He further expressed delight with individuals and organisations that assisted the state in cash and kind in the fight against the pandemic.