By Sulaiman Achema, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Alh. Yahaya Bello has charged Muslims to workÂ towards restoring peace in a world that has been challenged by war andÂ economic instability.Governor Bello in his Eid el Firtr message to Muslim faithful, signedÂ by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, Bello said RamadanÂ represents the sacrifice of Muslim faithful to submit to Allahâ€™s will
and pray for peace around the world.
He stated: â€œWe owe the world peace, progress and prosperity. As weÂ made sacrifices during the Ramadan, Muslims should continue to prayÂ for peace around the world because Islam is a religion of peace.
â€œI also urge Nigerians to support the anti-corruption crusade of theÂ President Muhammadu Buhari administration as every religion abhorsÂ corruption and oppression of the poor and the vulnerable segment ofÂ the society. The world is looking up to Nigeria to see how weÂ prosecute the anti-graft warâ€.
The Governor assured the people of Kogi State that he will govern withÂ the fear of Allah who has bestowed leadership on him at this crucialÂ time of the state.
He said, â€œMy election to the position of governorship at a time likeÂ this is a call to service by Allah to serve the people of Kogi StateÂ with the fear of God and dedication to the ideals that will help build
an egalitarian society. To this, I am resolutely committed.
â€œI thank the civil servants in the state for their steadfastness andÂ sacrifice throughout the period of the staff verification exercise,Â which crept into the Ramadan fasting. I feel your pains. I urge you to
consider it the sacrifice that will set our payrolls free from theÂ stranglehold of ghost workers who have made it impossible for ourÂ state to move forward.
â€œHaving received the reports of the staff verification committee, weÂ shall swing into action to ensure that your sacrifices are not wasted.
My government will continue to accord labour its due recognition asÂ partners in progress in our effort to broaden our socio-economicÂ frontiers through the New Direction blueprint â€œ.
He urged Muslims to continue to make Ramadan a lifestyle in order toÂ have a better society.