Sallah: Leave Nigerians alone, Abia Imam begs bandits

Mallam Aminu Lawan, the chief imam of Umuahia Central Mosque, has pleaded with gunmen to cease the country’s ongoing kidnappings and give Nigerians, especially Abia citizens, a chance to breathe.

The preacher appealed with God to recall the gunmen pestering the state in his Sallah speech delivered in Umuahia on the occasion of the 2022 Eid-El-Kabir celebration.

Since “we don’t have any other country we can call ours,” he urged people to be kind to one another and to live in harmony.

Alh. Suleiman Ukandu, the Abia State chapter chairman of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, said in his speech that justice must reign in order for peace to exist.

Let there be justice and understanding for the development and enhancement of human race, protection of lives and property, and the welfare of the citizens should be taken serious.

“It is not easy to witness another Sallah. I am grateful to God for this”.

Yaro Danladi, the Sarkin Hausawa of Abia State, answered questions from reporters and urged everyone to embrace peace “irrespective of culture, religion, or tribe.”

Because “all that are being kidnapped are human beings ” he urged the federal government to put an end to banditry and kidnapping.

He expressed gratitude to the state government for their acceptance of and assistance to the state’s Muslim minority.

The event included the conversion to Islam by marriage of Miss Queen Mba, now Hasya Mba, as well as the sacrifice of a ram to represent Ibrahim’s devotion to God and obedience.

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