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Eid Celebrations: Kwara State Govt Condemns Attack on Dignitaries

Gov. Ahmed of Kwara State, Nigeria

The Kwara State government has condemned the attack on dignitaries at the Ilorin Eid praying ground during Thursday’s Eidil Kabir celebrations, saying it was absurd, barbaric and unIslamic.

In a statement issued by the chief press secretary to the governor, Abdulwahaab Oba, the government accused aggrieved politicians of colluding with some local government council employees to  embarrass dignitaries in the state under the pretext of protesting salary arrears at the local government level.

The government said it became aware of this plan about four weeks ago but continued to seek ways of resolving the salary crises at the local government level.

According to the statement,  government went out of its way to negotiate and secure bank loans to offset the arrears pending the time when the federal government bailout will be released as a result of which the concerned workers promptly received their salaries as directed by the state governor”.

Government, therefore, is puzzled by the attack since the majority of state and local government workers, including primary school teachers, have received their salaries.

The state Government said those that are yet to receive their salaries will do so  by next Monday as Thursday and Friday are public holidays.

The statement urged politicians not to turn the state of harmony into another theatre of violence, urging the police to bring to justice without delay those already apprehended while imploring the people to mark the Eid El Kabir holidays peacefully and with prayers for the quick resolution of the challenges facing the national economy.


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