By Hassan Hussain
Muslims in their numbers converged on the Abuja National Mosque for the special Jummah prayer for peace and sustainable development of the country as Nigeria marks her 62nd independence day.
Prof Shehu Galadanci, who led the Muslim faithful to a two Raka’at congregational Jummah prayer, prayed to God to guide the country’s leaders in making decisions that would affect the lives of many Nigerians positively.
He also prayed for the country to overcome some of the challenges, especially in the areas of insecurity, corruption and economy.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; the Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar; the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Bello joined other worshipers to pray for peace, economic sustainability and for the nations to overcome its various challenges.
Galadanci while praying to Allah to guide the country’s leaders in making and implementing good decisions that would affect the lives of the people stressed the need for Nigerians to always show gratitude to Allah for his bounties, blessings and favours to Nigeria as a nation.
The President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar said Nigerians irrespective of their religion and ethnicity must return to God and see themselves as one for a better society.
Alhaji Saad Abubakar also reminded politicians to adopt issues base campaigns and avoid campaigns of calumny as the 2023 general elections draw nearer.
Lecture on 62nd Nigerian independent anniversary
President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to enhance the quality of life of all Nigerians.
He stated this at a lecture held at the national mosque, Abuja as a part of activities to celebrate Nigerians’ 62nd independence anniversary.
President Buhari, represented by the President of the Senate Ahmed Lawal, urged public office holders to focus on providing dividends of democracy and not to be distracted by the ongoing political activities in the country.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha, applauded the efforts of the various security agencies in the fight against insecurity and urged them to sustain the tempo to achieve a free and fair election in 2023.
The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, acknowledged that though there were challenges facing the country, stressed the administration’s efforts to surmount them.
“The regime might not have been a perfect one, but I want to seize this opportunity to seek forgiveness from the Ulamas and Nigerians in general. We all need to work together to achieve a better Nigeria,” Mrs. Buhari said.
The Guest lecturer, Prof Ahmed Dogarawa, in a lecture, entitled, “Shura the Islamic corrections for True Democracy’’, urged leaders to always use consultation as a means of resolving conflict.
The event was attended by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar; the Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, representatives of Service Chiefs and top government officials as well as diplomatic corp.