By Usman Aliyu Haruna, Birnin Kebbi
Kebbi State Izalahtul bidi, a Wa’ikatus sunna with headquarters in Jos Wednesday concluded its month-long Ramadan Tafsir in Birnin Kebbi.
The event, which was attended by a large number of Muslim faithfuls, had in attendance a former of the State House of Assembly member, Garba Bena, Personal Assistant to the Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Faruk Musa Inabo and other top clerics in the state.
In his speech, the chairman committee for orphans, Garba Bena said a total of 600 orphans, this year, benefited from the items raised by the committee.
The items include bundles of brocade and wrappers, food stuffs and a whooping one million naira.
He added that a total of N300,000 was realised before the contribution of N500,000 by the governor’s PA, Alhaji Inabo.
While thanking members of the committee for their efforts during the collection exercise, Bena particularly thanked the Governor of Kebbi State, His Excellency, Senator Atiku Abubakar Bagudu for refusing to lockdown the State.
He pointed out that Bagudu considered the economic might of State who said are largely farmers and menial jobbers who cannot afford total lockdown.
The presiding cleric, who conducted the month-old Ramadan Tafsir, Sheik Abdurrahaman Isah Jega told the gathering that, he refused the Gwandu emirate order to halt the Ramadan Tafsir because the emirate council reneged on its earlier decision that tafsir should hold based on the guidelines of social distancing and handwashing.
He decried treatment he received from one mini community leader who sent members of the vigilante to harass them during the tafsir.
According to him, the community leader claimed to have acted on the orders of the Emir of Gwandu, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Illiyasu Bashar, as he also claimed to have the control of all the district heads in the entire Gwandu emirate.
Sheik Jega also thanked the governor for his handling of the corona virus and his refusal to totally lockdown the state.
He described his decision as wise and timely, as he prayed to God to continue to protect him and members of his cabinet.
At the end of the occasion, prayers were offered for the State and the country at large for protection against the dreaded coronavirus pandemic ravaging the entire world.