The Chief Imam, Central Mosque Makurdi, Dr Suleiman Habib has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to construct roads, build schools, provide electricity in Benue so that people of the state will feel more Federal presence.
The chief Imam who made this call today in a Sallah message while interacting with newsmen at his residence shortly after Eid-el-Kabir prayers said, “we know that things are tough and we wish President Mohammadu Buhari good health to be able to continue with the good works he is doing. Let us see more Federal presence in Benue state. To the best of my knowledge, I can call only one, the new university in Otukpo. Let them remember that people are down here”.
Dr Habib Habib thanked the Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom for being responsive to the yearnings of both Muslims and Christians in the state.
” Ortom is our father and a man of God. When there was lockdown, we and our Christian Brethren appealed to him that Churches and Mosques be opened, he listened to us and did that. So, we always pray for him and I am so happy, he is somebody who can quote Scriptures like he has been a Pastor. About two days ago, he sent Sallah message to all of us here in Benue and all over the world and we appreciate him for that. He is our pillar, supporter and a leader, so we wish him well, may he finish his tenure successfully,” Habib said.
Speaking on the decision of the Sultan of Sokoto and the Benue state Government that the Sallah Prayers be held in the Mosques instead of open prayer grounds to ensure social distance, the Chief Imam described the decision as an “area of controversy” because it would have been easier to maintain social distance in open places than in the Mosque.
Dr Habib urged Muslims and Christians alike to be peaceful, pray ceaselessly and share with one another in love.
In a separate interview, the Media Assistant, Tactical Air Command Makurdi, Mr MS Ibrahim expressed worry at the level of congestion in the mosque which hindered the desired social distance. He said it was better to pray in an open place.