2 million Muslim faithful hold special prayer for Nigeria

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as cleric urges Nigerians to pray against national challenges
Dutse – An estimated two million Muslim faithful in Dutse, Jigawa, participated in a special prayer session for peace, unity and prosperity in the country.

Also in Lagos Most Rev. Adebayo Akinde, the Anglican Archbishop of Lagos Province, said that God is willing to intervene in the challenges facing the country, if Nigerians turn to Him in prayers.

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The prayer session, held on Saturday, was part of the five-day activity organised for the 27th Maulaud celebration to commemorate the birth of Sheik Ibrahim Nyass, a famous leader of the Tijjaniya Islamic movement.

Muslims faithful from within and outside the country attended the prayer session held at the Dutse Triangle Square.

Malam Ahmad Inyass, who led the congregation, prayed for peaceful co-existence among the people for sustainable social and economic development.

“We pray to Allah to give us peace, enrich our wealth in agriculture and the general economy of the country”.

Inyass admonished Muslims to be upright, honest and dedicate themselves to the worship of Allah in accordance with the teachings of Islam.

He also counselled Muslims to be guided by the teachings of the Quar’an and traditions of Prophet Muhammad and commended the state government for its support to the group.

Participants in the prayer session included the Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal; Gov. Sule Lamido of Jigawa and his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Mahmoud, and Emir of Dutse, Alhaji Nuhu Sunusi.

Others were renowned Islamic scholars, Alhaji Isiyaku Rabiu, Sheik Dahiru Usman Bauchi as well as Muslim faithful from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Senegal and Republic of Benin.

Also in Lagos Most Rev. Adebayo Akinde, the Anglican Archbishop of Lagos Province, said that God is willing to intervene in the challenges facing the country, if Nigerians turn to Him in prayers.

Akinde on Sunday in Lagos said that the challenges, especially insecurity needed urgent solution such as prayers.

“Prayer is the solution to the national problem as well as for individual inadequacies.

“With faith in God and fervent prayers, everything in the sight of God is possible. There will be no problems, especially those that were as a result of human error.

“As a nation if we are serious about getting solution to our national problems, we need to turn from our wicked ways.”

The cleric attributed the current problem of Nigeria to high level of sins and unrighteousness in the land.

Akinde noted that the bane of the Nigeria society was nothing but lack of prayers and morals.

He said that the blessings of God had departed from Nigeria where a lot of societal vices were the order of the day.

“Nigeria still falls short of what is required for the full manifestation of the glory of God.

“In a land richly blessed with abundant resources, yet there are problems of unemployment, hunger, crisis, pain and frustrations, ” he said. (NAN)

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