Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, today, launched National Prayer for Peace and Security in Nigeria. The event was held at the National Mosque in Abuja, the nation’s federal capital territory.
At the launching during which Prayers were offered by renowned Muslim clerics from all over the country for continued peace, unity and the development of Nigeria were Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III.
Also at the occasion were the Acting Governor of Taraba State, Alhaji Garba Umar, Deputy Governors, members of the legislature, federal executive council members, royal fathers and several Muslim faithfuls.
Speaking at the launching, Vice President Namadi Sambo advised Nigerians to continue to pray for peace and tranquility in Nigeria, saying that prayer is a strong weapon against any adversity.
He said that the government is ever committed to provide adequate security and ensure the stability and unity of Nigeria.
“Let me reiterate that when any adverse situation befell the (Muslim) Ummah during the time of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the Sahabah, their greatest weapon was resorting to prayers to seek for Allah’s intercession.
“We shall continue to organize prayers as frequently as possible and Allah SWT in his infinite mercy, will answer our prayers in removing, in totality the act of terrorism by the Boko Haram and all other vices in Nigeria.” Vice President Namadi Sambo called on Nigerians to continue to pray for lasting peace and unity of the country, even as he also called on the Muslim Ummah to promote the ideals of Islam by living according to the tenets of the religion, which promotes peace, good neighbourliness and kindness.
He further advised Muslims not to allow few disgruntled elements to portray Islam and Muslims in bad light.
He similarly called on Muslim clerics to apply modesty in their sermons and preaching and that they should adhere to the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).
On the ongoing efforts to ensure the safe return of the abducted Chibok girls, Vice President Sambo said that government is working assiduously to support the efforts of the military by increasing their capacity in the search of the abducted girls and to further secure the territorial integrity of the nation.
The Vice President expressed appreciation of Nigeria to the support of it’s neighbours, including, Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and Benin Republic and all African countries in the fight against the scourge of terrorism in the country. He also commended the United Kingdom, France, as well as the United States of America, China and all other countries of the World that are against the terrorism in Nigeria, Africa and the World in general.
Speaker Aminu Tambuwal said that the National Assembly would do everything within its constitutional powers to support the government’s effort to fight terrorism.
Also Sa’ad Abubakar stressed the importance of justice, equity and fairness to the maintenance of peace in every society.
He advised Muslims, especially those in leadership position to shun corruption and any act that affect the development of the country.