The Eid-al-Kabir celebration in Nassarawa Eggon for this year took a positive new dimension and style as it was the first being celebrated with Justice Ahmed Ubangari (Rtd) as the Aren Eggon.
Beginning with the traditional Eid prayer at the prayer ground along Galle Road in Nassarawa Eggon town, there was a procession led by the Aren Eggon accompanied by some of his traditional titleholders from the Eid prayer ground to the palace of the Aren Eggon. This was the first time in over 40 years that Nassarawa Eggon town experienced this.
In his Salah message to his subjects, the Aren Eggon, His Royal Highness, Justice Ahmed Ubangari (Rtd) spoke on the significance of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir to the people of Nassarawa Eggon.
He said: “My message to the people of Eggon nation is very symbolic. Symbolic in the sense that this is the first time in over 40 years the Aren Eggon is talking. We have always spoken about our late father Dr. Bala Angbazo on representative capacity. He was always delegating me to talk on behalf of the Eggon nation. But today I am talking to you as the traditional ruler. That is why I say it is symbolic. This is the first Eid I am attending since my selection as the Aren Eggon. That is the symbolism I am talking about.
“My clear message is that we have always wished our Muslim brothers and sisters well. We are preaching peace. We want a good season of people living happily together.
“And just as it is in the doctrine of Islam, this time is usually the time to share and show patience with each other. I want to wish my people very well. I wish them a happy celebration and also a fruitful rainy season. I know things are difficult but I pray the Almighty Allah makes this season a good one so we can have bountiful harvest.”
He urged his subjects to always extend hands of fellowship and live in peace with people of all tribes as that is the true attribute of an Eggon person.
Also giving a special Salah message was the Chief Imam of Nassarawa Eggon Central Mosque, Sheikh Jibrin Danladi who called on all Muslim faithful to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir as stipulated in the Holy Quran.
The cleric stated that although the Eid-el-Kabir is a commemoration of the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham and all Muslim faithful are encouraged to sacrifice a ram in celebration, it is not so mandatory that a person should follow illegal means just to celebrate.
He called on well-to-do persons in the society to always remember the less privileged and help them especially in periods like this so that they can reap bountiful reward from Almighty Allah.
Others who spoke including the Ciroman Eggon, Prince Abdullahi Idde and the Walin Eggon Prof. U. D. Mohammed all felicitated with the Muslim faithful especially the Aren Eggon on the Eid-el-Kabir.