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Yahaya Bello.

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has congratulated the Muslim Ummah in the State, Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of Ramadan and the Eid El-fitr celebration.

In a statement released by the Governor's Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, Bello who described Eid El-fitr as a joyous end to Ramadan’s month of fasting and spiritual renewal, urged Muslim faithfuls to sustain the lessons learnt during the Ramadan and to continue to show love to one another. 

The governor said that the values of generosity, forgiveness and compassion, which are celebrated during Eid, which should be valued and upheld across the state and the rest of the world after the Ramadan, while doing good should not be limited to the holy month of Ramadan but should continue throughout the year.

Bello further urged philanthropists and well-to-do individuals in the society to continue to support the needy and poor with their generosity, praying to Allah the Almighty to accept “our good deeds and multiply our rewards”. 

According to him, "On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to the people of Kogi State and Nigeria, particularly to my Muslim brothers and sisters within and in the diaspora and "As we celebrate this day which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, I hope that the festival with its tradition of giving and sharing enriches our lives with a spirit of brotherhood and empathy for the deprived.

”May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity and brotherhood across our nation," he said.

The Governor urged members of the public to adhere to personal hygiene, WHO and NCDC protocol amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic .

"I appeal to the general public that we are celebrating this year's Eid-el Fitr under the most unimaginable circumstance. this is not the best time for us to embark on festive visitation; rather, I urge you to make use of social media and other means of communication to extend best wishes to fellow Muslim Ummah and your loved ones. 

"I urge you to adhere to the social distancing rule, but where visitation becomes necessary, social distancing, use of face masks and constant use of sanitizers at interval should be applicable", he said

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