After 11 years of insecurity in northeast Nigeria, hundreds have attended the 2020 Eid el-Maulud celebration in Madinatu Mosque in Jere local government area of Borno state. The mosque is one of the largest places for a celebration, and this event symbolizes the partial restoration of peace in northern Nigeria – where Boko Haram insurgency began.
On Thursday the 29th Muslims celebrated the Annual Eid el-Maulud all over around the world. RNI reporter Amina Abbagana interviewed celebrants.
A resident of Maiduguri, mallam Muhammad Usman described this year’s Maulud celebration as unique because thousands of people have come from different parts of Maiduguri and beyond to celebrate at Madinatu Mosque.
He said that since the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency in Maiduguri, people have not gathered like this for a long time, and that symbolizes the partial restoration of peace in Borno state.
Jidda Muhammad, said that the event is been celebrated annually on the twelvth day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal in the Hijiri calendar, in rememberance of the birth of the holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Usually food and beverages are shared after prayers.
Stressing that Muslims across the country were advised not to relent in their prayers for unity and progress, particularly at trying periods like those experienced recently, he applauded the effort of Borno state government to provide transport for the people.
The federal government of Nigeria has declared today public holiday for the celebration of the event.