In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
2. All praise be to Almighty Allah, the master of the worlds and the universe who spared our lives to witness this great Islamic festival of Eidul-kabir for the year 1440 after Hijrah.
3. Eidul-kabir is a remarkable festive period that always comes with moral, social and spiritual lessons. The period is for strengthening the spirit of brotherhood among fellow Muslims, and building bridges across social, economic and political divides, as well as imbibing the spirit of compassion and other sterling qualities in the community of believers.
4. Similarly, the act of Sacrifice enshrined in the festival symbolises our willingness to make sacrifices for our collective wellbeing. It also signifies our willingness to give up some of our resources for stronger bonds in our relationships. It is my hope that the great lessons of this sacrifice and compassion learnt from this great Islamic rite will be translated into how we co-exist among ourselves as people with a common fate.
5. This year’s Edul-Kabir is coming at a time when our state is emerging out of nagging security challenges, which for many years have scuttled economic activities, most especially in our rural communities. For years, our state has remained in the global and national spotlight for negative reasons. Any news from us was either about kidnapping and cattle rustling or banditry.
6. Alhamdulilah, with the coming on board of our administration barely two months ago, our state is gradually coming out of the woods. Today, news about us is always that of hope and inspiration. Many communities will be celebrating this festive period in their towns and villages after long periods of displacement.
7. It is already on record that many people that were abducted were already reunited with their families without payment of any ransom, as an outcome of reconciliation effort of our administration. Many of our markets are now fully operational as farmers and herders are now interacting freely and in a genuine spirit of friendship and brotherliness. Indeed, the age-old cordial relationship between the feuding factions is gradually returning.
8. These modest achievements could not have been possible without your prayers to our administration, and your confidence in our ability to make a difference. For us, the transformation of the State is only achievable when the security situation is favourable.
9. As I have stated, this period is for strengthening the spirit of brotherliness, putting smiles of the faces of members of our communities. To this end, the government has distributed food items clothing materials, rams and cattle, especially to less privileged and the returned abductees as well as orphans, and Islamic scholars. It is our hope that our well to do individuals will sustain this noble spirit beyond this period.
10. My fellow people of Zamfara, we are indeed grateful for your prayers and incredible support. I urge you to continue to pray for the peace and progress of our dear state. We should always bear in mind that Zamfara state is ours and we have no other state besides it.
11. Let me use this occasion to reiterate the commitment of our administration to the promotion of the wellbeing of our people through the provision of gainful opportunities. Already this administration has instituted a programme called Zamfara State Social Intervention Programme to cater for the wellbeing of our people. In this regard, I call on our people, particularly women and youths, to avail themselves with this opportunity so that they can maximally benefit from the programme.
12. Similarly, as part of our commitment to building a more prosperous Zamfara State, we have identified the need to empower our youths and women through skills acquisition programme. We have also packaged a new women empowerment programme where every month 200 women would be drawn from across the 14 Local Government Areas of the State and be given N20,000 cash each.
13. I have already directed the 14 Local Government Councils of the State to employ 200 persons each under the Social Intervention programme with a view to widening its reach and its impact from the grassroots.
14. Finally, I would like to use this opportunity to express our most profound gratitude and appreciation to our Islamic scholars, our royal fathers, politicians, civil servants and entire people of the state for their support, guidance and prayers. I also pray that Allah will safely return home our brothers and sisters who have been to the Holy land for the Hajj. We also ask for their prayers while at holy land for the sustenance of peace and tranquillity in our state, and for economic prosperity.. Thank you and wassalamu alaikum.