By Maxwell Effiong and Kelvin Ololo
Muslims in Cross River State say the curfew currently in place will impact on how they celebrate Eid-El-Maulud which is the the birth of Prophet Muhammad.
The Federal Government had declared Thursday a public holiday. But, a 16 hour per day curfew announced by the State Government may likely affect the celebrations said the Financial Secretary to the Dariqa Mosque committee in Bogobiri, Auwal Mohammed Musa.
The curfew lasts from 4:00PM to 8:00AM and findings shows that the gathering after muezzin calls for Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayer times has been affected.
Meanwhile, the State Governor, Benedict Ayade says there is need for every citizen of Nigeria to pray and forgive one another, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political belief at this trying time in the country.
This was contained in a congratulatory statement signed by his spokesman, Christian Ita to Muslim faithful on the occasion of the 2020 Eid-el-Maulud.
Ayade called on the Muslim Ummah to imbibe qualities of the Prophet Muhammad such as prayers, patriotism and respect to constituted authority to guarantee a peace and unity as a step to a prosperous Nigeria.
The Governor said the State will remain a leading example where people of all faith coexist.
“On behalf of the Government and people of Cross River State, I congratulate the Muslim Ummah, particularly those resident in the State on the occasion of the celebration of Prophet Muhammed’s birthday.
“I want also use the occasion to advise Muslim faithful, particularly the younger ones to use the period to renew their belief in Nigeria in spite of the current challenges,” he stated.
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