Eid-el-Fitr festival was celebrated without any breach of security in both Borno and Yobe states.
Muslim worshippers were however made to go through the pains of trekking long distances to prayer grounds as vehicular movements had been banned in both states during the period in order to forestall any security breach.
In Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, some worshippers were able to avoid the stress of having to trek as the government provided free buses at strategic points to convey worshippers to prayer grounds scattered all over the town.
Delivering sermon on Friday at the Maiduguri Central Eid ground at Ramat Square, Sheikh Adam Alsunisiya (Imam Ideni of Borno), prayed for the return of absolute peace in Borno and urged worshippers to repent of their sins and return to the path of their creator.
He thanked God for enabling everyone to witness this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, which he described as the most peaceful with unprecedented turnout.
In Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, Muslim faithful trooped out in large numbers to observe the prayer at the various Eid prayer grounds.
The governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, was accompanied to the Yobe Central Mosque by his deputy, Abubakar Aliyu; National Secretary of All Progressives Congress, Mai Mala Buni; Chief Justice of Yobe State, Justice Garba Nabaruma; Head of Service of Yobe State, Salleh Abubabar, and members of the State Executive Council.
The prayers were conducted under tight security.
In his Sallah message, Gaidam said there was sustained security in the state, attributing it to the prayers of the people and the resilience of security operatives in the state and the region.
He said that the sustained prayers of good people of the state were responsible for defeating insurgency in the state.
He called on the people of the state to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan that include discipline, truthfulness, patience, humility, devotion and obedience to the Almighty Allah and adopt those virtues even after the Ramadan period.
He praised the bravery of the various security agencies in the country, saying they fought hard and made sacrifices to secure the state and the region from the hands of Boko Haram terrorists.
He also thanked the local and international non-governmental organisations for the work and called on them to assist in the recovery and rehabilitation programme of the state as peace has returned.