Abuja - Residents of Maiduguri, capital of troubled North Eastern Borno State, celebrated the Eid-el-Kabir under a tight security.
Muslims in the city endured walking long distances from their homes to prayer grounds across the town following the ban on movement of vehicles by the military.
Heavy security men were present across the town to keep security intact.
A senior security officer said the military authorities had advised Muslims to perform the prayers near to their residences as there were indications that the Boko Haram insurgents were planning to bomb public places including prayer grounds.
People returned to their homes immediately after the prayer leaving the streets empty.
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Several other activities associated with festivities were absent as residents stayed away from public places.
This publication established that many residents could not make it to the Shehu of Borno palace to pay the homage associated with the celebration while the colourful Durban had to be cancelled because of the security situation.
In his Sallah message to the people of the state, Governor Kashim Shettima urged Muslims in the country to be kind to their neighbours and live harmonious with people irrespective of their religious and social differences.
He said the feast Eid-El-Kabir celebration taught sharing, love and good neighbourliness.
"As we celebrate this Sallah in peace and harmony, I also call on all Muslims in the state to be kind to their neighbour, relatives, friends and the needy by extending gestures to them in the spirit of Eid el Kabir festival,” the governor said through a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Press Affairs at the Government House, Ndahi Pindar Sawa.
- CAJ News