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Imam Saliu holds virtual Eid prayer in Ilorin


The Chief Imam of Ilorin, Alhaji Muhammad Bashir Imam-Soliu, on Friday led the two Rakat virtual Eid-Adha prayers marking this year’s Eid-el-Kabir Sallah festival in Ilorin Kwara State.

The prayer was observed by the Imam at his residence exactly 9.30 am. Shortly after the two Rakat nafilah, the cleric slaughtered ram in line with the dictates of Allah.

He commends Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara state for the numerous efforts adopted to curtail the spread of COVID-19 infection among the citizens. He, however, enjoined Muslim faithful to continue to pray for peace and unity at all times.

In his Sallah message signed by his spokesman, Abdulazeez Arowona, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, urged Muslims to be thankful to Allah and always seek for His forgiveness from misdeeds committed in the past years.

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The Emir admonished the people of Ilorin Emirate and beyond to always preach the principle of unity, peace, and love in a bid to build a virile and prosperous society. The Emir also prayed against the spread of COVID-19 infection in society.

Sulu-Gambari also commended the state technical committee on COVID-19 for putting necessary measures in place towards ensuring that the community spread of the infectious disease is reduced to the barest minimum.

He, therefore, applauded the people of the state for their peaceful conduct and understanding of the current situation which led to the cancellation of activities relating to year’s Sallah festival including Yidi prayer.

It would be recalled that the state technical committee on COVID-19 led by the Kwara State Deputy Governor,  Kayode Alabi, had last week Friday cancelled activities relating to the Sallah festival including prayers on the Ilorin Central Yidi praying ground.