By Henry Umoru
PRESIDENT Bola Tinubu has commissioned the National Assembly Central Mosque, just as he urged the Muslim Faithful to exhibit humility in their daily living.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja while Commissioning the Mosque, Tinubu noted the vanity of life, called on the Ummah to “walk the earth with humility.
Tinubu who was represented by Vice-President Kashim Shettima, said, “Fifty years from now, half of the Assembly members will not be around and very few people will know that we existed. So we should work the earth with humility.
“As much as possible, let us strive to be humble and as much as possible let us strive to be kind to each other.
“Power, wealth are gift from Allah to humanity. May Allah make our contributions toward the construction of this mosque a blessing.
“Even if we are gone, reward from the construction of this mosque will follow us.”
The President who felicitated with the Muslim Ummah in the National Assembly for contributing resources in building the edifice, acknowledged the crucial role played by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in the construction of the mosque.
He said, “I recognise their contributions without whose consent not a single erection plan would have been effected for the construction of the mosque.”
Similarly, the Sultan of Sokoto and President, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Sa’ad Abubakar III, felicitated with the Muslims on the realisation of the construction of the mosque.
The Sultan who was represented by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero thanked the leaders, the Senators and members of the house of representatives for the contributions made to the success of the edifice.
The Sultan said, “Certainly it is Allah’s will that the 9th National Assembly did this great work.
“We thank Allah for giving them the opportunity to build the mosque. We pray Allah will reward them with what he has promised to whoever contributes to the building of a mosque.
“We pray Allah will continue to guide and bless the national assembly so that they will continue to work for the betterment of humanity.”
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan said “We consider ourselves very lucky that God has chosen us for this mosque to be a reality.
“This is one investment that will continue to yield dividends even after we depart this world.
“May Allah continue to give us the opportunity to serve him and serve humanity.”
Lawan who noted that the mosque will not only provide an enabling environment for them to pray the Jumma’t and other prayers, said? “it could even enhance the productivity of staff because they may not need to go far away from here for prayers.
“Maintenance should be our business; that is by those who made the contribution; 400,000 per month for a senator and 250, 000 per member of the house of representatives of the 9th assembly.
“We have our brothers and sisters in the 10th national assembly. I believe that the next assembly, that the maintenance of the mosque should be our business as well.”
Chairman, Mosque Construction Committee, Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau, PDP-Kano Central who noted that the idea for the construction of the new National Assembly Mosque began in 2021, said that this was when the joint leadership of the two legislative chambers set up the National Assembly Mosque Project Management Committee.
He said, “It comprised of four senators, 10 members of the House of Representatives and three members from national assembly management.
“It was to look into the possibility of providing a permanent and more befitting mosque to replace the makeshift mosque which proved to be very inadequate.
“All 227 of us agreed to bear the brunt of the project, and within eight months of this agreement, we had contributed well over N570 million.
“Apart from earning Allah’s pleasure, these lawmakers have set the pace and made history by providing what is long overdue to the Muslim members of this huge legislative community.
“Arguably, this is the first Mosque built in the 42-year existence of the National Assembly,” Shekarau said.
Also speaking, Clerk of the National Assembly, Sani Tambuwal who that the desire for a Jumm’at mosque became necessary due to the demanding nature of legislative work, said, “This is as it relates to parliamentarians and legislative staff which makes it tasking to attend Jumma’t mosque by worshiping outside the assembly.
The mosque is now a great relieve.”