Chief Imam of Bauchi Central Mosque, Sheikh Ahmed Baban-Inna, said on Monday that the people of North East sub-region would remain indebted to President Muhammadu Buhari for coming to their rescue at a critical period.
Delivering his Eid-El-Kabir sermon in Bauchi, Baban-Inna said that but for the dogged determination of the President in tackling the security threat posed by insurgents, the story would have been different today.
He noted that at the peak of the security threat, a lot of inconveniences were experienced in the course of practicing ones religion and celebration of religious festivities was almost impossible.
He therefore urged the people to support the president and other leaders for the country to progress.
The imam also harped on the significance of Eid-El-Kabir, urging Muslims to live by its teachings.
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall that started at about 3am Monday and lasted till 9.30am, had led to low turn-out of Muslim faithful at Eid prayer grounds across the state.
Most of those who were able to make it to the venues of the congregation arrived late.
Few women and children, who in the past, constituted a large chunk of attendants, were able to make it to the Eid ground, just as traffic movement reduced drastically in Bauchi metropolis.
The metropolis also recorded less of other activities that used to accompany the celebrations, such as horse-riding as well as visits to amusement parks, friends and relations.
Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi Police Command, ASP Mohammed Mahmud, told newsmen that the occasion was celebrated peacefully across the state.
“So far, there is no report of ugly incident in any part of the state. It is therefore safe to conclude that as I am talking to you now, everything is going on peacefully in Bauchi State,” he said.