JUBA – Central Equatoria State governor, Emmanuel Adil Anthony, on Thursday evening hosted an Iftar dinner for the holy Muslim month of Ramadan at the State Secretarial in Juba.
Iftar is the first evening meal at the end of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan
The event was attended by Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Josephine Napwon Cosmos, Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Albino Bol Dhieu, and other senior government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, lawmakers, and Muslim community.
Speaking during Iftar dinner on Thursday, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol Vice President for Service Cluster warned land grabbers against taking lands that rightfully belong to Muslims.
“You members of parliament, when you will receive cases of land grabbing and land conflict, I don’t instigate why the strategic land has been given to Muslims, we are all South Sudanese and we should stand for each other regardless of their religious,” Abdelbagi said during Iftar dinner at governor’s office on Thursday.
Abdelbagi appealed to the governor to allocate lands to Muslims to conduct various activities such as the construction of infrastructures.
“Muslims should be given lands so that they can build mosques to bring up their children, and I would like you to do something about this request. The land should be allocated to them in organized manner because we don’t want some people to get three or four pieces of land so that they can benefit from it,” he said.
Emmanuel Adil Anthony, Governor of Central Equatoria State called both Muslims and Christian to shun tribalism and work for peace and development of this country.
“We have gathered here today (Thursday) to renew our love and drive away tribalism that wants to spoil our communities in South Sudan for us to have unity, and live in peace and prosperity,” Emmanuel said.
“We as state government don’t divide people based on their religious, whether you are a Muslim or Christian, we are all one people and we put our heads together and find ways to develop our country together.”
Sheikh Abdullaj Baraj, Secretary-General of the South Sudan Islamic Council urged South Sudanese to embrace one another in a bid to restore their dignity and respect in the region.
“There are people who didn’t want development and they want to take laws into their hands and threaten to fight us, with this kind of behavior, people can’t be respected in our country. If we don’t respect ourselves and our laws, other people will not respect us,” Baraj said.
“You are requesting you to provide with land that we should use as graveyards and we would like you also to allocate some lands to our Muslim brothers in the state to build mosques and other infrastructures.”