*Approves Bus For Community.
Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Thursday, marked the Eid-el-Maulud festival with the Muslim community in the state even as he sued for an indivisible and peaceful Nigeria where all tribes and religions would co-exist in love.
Governor Diri, who hosted the adherents of Islam at the Government House in Yenagoa, said with religious tolerance, the country can forge ahead as a people with one destiny to make Nigeria richer and greater.
The governor’s spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted him as expressing delight with the peaceful disposition of the Muslim community in the state.
He said Bayelsa is predominantly Christian but his government will continue to encourage good neighborliness between the two religions.
He said: “We want a united Nigeria. We want a Nigeria of love, of equity, of justice and where we can live together and respect each other’s right and religion. We want a country where we can remove the sentiments of tribe and religion.
“We have always been talking about one Nigeria; a Nigeria that will exude love, that is united and that wherever you find yourself, you can it make a home. I am very sure that our Muslim brothers and sisters have a home in Bayelsa.
“Here you are not non-indigenes. You can only say you are non-natives of Bayelsa. You are indigenes of Nigeria and you are welcome to Bayelsa. Every right that the indigenes here enjoy, we extend it to you.
“May I seize this opportunity to invite all of you to join your hands with us in the development of Bayelsa and our country, Nigeria.”
In response to some of the request of the Muslim leaders, Diri approved an 18-seater bus and noted that the appeal for the building of a befitting central mosque would follow the appropriate channel for award of a contract.
On the request for a separate pilgrims board to accommodate the Muslims, the governor stated.