Muslims in Cross River Celebrate Eid el Fitr, Praise Gov. Otu’s Inclusive Policies

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…Islamic Community Expresses Gratitude for Governor’s Commitment to Unity and Welfare

…Calls for Continued Peace and Harmony in Cross River state 


Cross River State Governor, Senator Bassey Otu played host to Islamic faithfuls who came in their numbers across the State to pay homage to the Governor they said his driving policies and programs that have positive impacts on all residents, irrespective of religion nor tribe.

Governor Otu, who spoke after hearing from leaders of the Muslim communities across the Senatorial districts of the state, thanked them for their visit which was on the last day of the Ramadan fast.

In his words, Governor Otu said, “Let me thank you from the deepest of our hearts for all the prayers and love which you have showered on this government. The Muslim Community has always been with me from day one.”

He lauded the Muslim Community for deeming it necessary to visit and pray for him, adding that “to have you in this number and capacity here goes a long way to underscore the affinity and love with which we share as brothers and sisters.”

Governor Otu assured the delegation that his administration is doing its best to improve the living standard of all residents, including the physically challenged in the State.

“We are coming up with the Disability Commission which will take care of programs that will cater to their welfare. The physically challenged must also be able to feel the dividends of democracy. Moving forward, I can assure you that you will also have a place as far as the society is concerned,” he said.

“We pray that our bond and affinity grow even stronger. There is nothing that prayers cannot do. The doors of this state are open today because of prayers.

“Forgive, love one another; live and let live; humanity should be our religion,” Governor Otu admonished.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the Cross River Muslim Community, Saraki Alhaji Garba Lawan IV, said the Ramadan is a holy month set aside for Muslim faithfuls to seek Allah’s presence in prayer and supplication.

He said Muslims in the state deemed it necessary to visit the Governor and pray for him and the state for the continuous blessings, which every resident of Cross River is eloquently testifying barely 10 months into the Otu-led administration.

The Islamic cleric stated that other cardinal principles of Islam are to foster peace, love and good neighborliness, as clearly exemplified by the holy prophet Mohammed.

The event climaxed with prayers for the governor, state and nation at large, by the delegation drawn from Muslims in all the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.