President Muhammadu Buhari and some Muslim faithful on Friday attended the Jumma’at prayer in the Presidential Villa main Mosque, Abuja.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Mr Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
The statement said that henceforth the President would observe most of the Jumma’at prayers at the Mosque in the Villa.
According to the statement, the President’s decision to observe the prayer in the Villa is to address “the avoidable hardships imposed on members of the public by road closures and other security measures which Presidential movements to the National Mosque necessitate“.
It said that Buhari would join the larger Muslim community for Friday prayers at the National Mosque occasionally.
It was the first time the prayer, which was led by the Chief Imam of the Mosque, Istaz Abdulwaheed Suleiman, was conducted in the Villa. Some adherents of the Islamic faith, who spoke to NAN after the 2-raka’at prayer, described the event as a welcome development.
Muhammed Labo, who participated in the prayer session, said that attending the Jumma’at prayer in the Villa would “reduce the stress that people go through in the town during Presidential movement“ to the National mosque on Fridays.