By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—FORMER Vice President, Namadi Sambo and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki were among the Muslim faithful who joined President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa Mosque for Juma’at prayer for the commemoration of Nigeria’s 57th Independence annive-rsary.It was the first time the former Vice President under President Goodluck Jonathan was attending jump’at prayers at the Villa mosque since he left office on the 29th May, 2015.
Some other dignitaries that participated at the juma’at prayer were Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique, Commander Guard Brigade, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, and the Comptroller General of Immigration, Hameed Ali.
Others were Minister of the Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau; Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; and some other senior presidency officials.
While Sambo left the Villa after exchanging pleasantries with fellow worshippers, Saraki proceeded to Buhari’s official residence for a closed-door meeting with him.
After the parley, Saraki told newsmen that Nigeria had indeed progressed over the years, and moreso under the present administration.
The Senate President said a lot of people would be wondering the reason “we congratulate ourselves, we have achieved a lot. We have been able to maintain our peace despite our diversity.
“Every nation has been tested , the most important thing now is for us to stay together. We shouldn’t lose hope. We should continue to pray for the unity of Nigeria. “
An interdenominational church service is scheduled to be held tomorrow (Sunday) at the National Christian Centre, Abuja in continuation of the activities to mark the Independence Anniversary that falls on October 1.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to be there as the special guest of honour.