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Diri commends Bayelsa Muslim community on anti-grazing law 

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Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri (middle) with Vice President, state chapter of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Yakubu Otobo (fourth right) and Imams during their visit to Diri at Government House, Yenagoa… yesterday

Governor Douye Diri, yesterday, commended the Muslim community in Bayelsa state for their support for his administration’s anti-grazing law.

He gave the commendation when the Muslim faithful visited him at Government House, Yenagoa to mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

His Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, in a statement, quoted the governor as saying that he was pleased with the participation of the Muslim community prior to the passage of the bill and subsequent enforcement of the law.

He stated that the anti-grazing law was not against any ethnic group but to ensure peace and order in the state.

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The governor particularly thanked them for joining hands with government, citizens of the state and adherents of other religions to keep the peace and ensure mutual coexistence.

“I commend you for your peaceful disposition throughout this period of fasting and prayer. I like to also appreciate and commend you for supporting and helping the government to keep the peace in Bayelsa.

“Even when we sent the Executive Bill to the House of Assembly on open grazing, you were part of it. You participated even at the level of the committee for the public hearing,” he said.

While describing Nigeria as a secular country, Diri said everyone was free to practice their religion and to eke out a living peacefully.

Responding to requests made by the delegation, he approved a bus for Muslim community and promised to address others when the state’s economy improved.

Responding, Vice President, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs in Bayelsa State, Alhaji Yakubu Otobo, commended the governor for his role in relating with different religious organisations.

Otobo said this had endeared Governor Diri to the Muslim faithful and strengthened their resolve to maintain peace and eschew religious tension in the state.

He appealed for more support from the government towards building a befitting central mosque as well as sponsorship of Muslims to pilgrimage.

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