By Huseyn Mbar
Heavy downpour in the early hours of Sunday prevented teeming Muslim faithful in Bauchi metropolis from performing congregation prayers marking the end of Ramadan Fast.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the rainfall, which started at about 8 am, lasted about two hours, taking worshipers that had already arrived at open prayer grounds, by surprise.
As it intensified, worshipers had to seek refuge in nearby buildings and tents, most of them, soaked in their new Sallah attires.
When the rainfall subsided, most of them, particularly women and children, returned home, while few others sought for alternative places where the prayers were delayed.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Head of Civil Service, Alhaji Liman Bello, has called on civil servants in the state to use the period of Eid-El-Fitr celebration to pray for continued peace and tranquility in the state.
In a Sallah message to workers, signed by him and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi, Bello further called on them to always reciprocate the gesture of the state government.
Bello prayed to Allah to grant the present administration in the state the wisdom to enable it implement projects that would better the lives of the people.
He congratulated Muslims for the successfully completion of Ramadan Fast and urged them to use all virtues acquired during the blessed month to transform the state.
The head of service also commended Gov Mohammed Abubakar, his deputy, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado, and prominent personalities in the state, for their contributions to the development of the state and the country at large.
NAN reports that the State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, is on medical trip to Saudi Arabia and is expected back in Bauchi on June 28.