President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he has decided not to be observing Friday Jum’at prayer in the National Mosque but at the Presidential Villa.
The President, who was responding to a request by a delegation of Imams and Senior Islamic Scholars from all States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory led by Professor Shehu Ahmad Galadanci, the Murshid, National Mosque, said that the idea was aimed at preventing the constraints and inconveniences which the presidential movements could cause to other worshipers.
“Regarding your request for me to be attending Juma’at prayers in the National Mosque, I implore you to note that I personally started observing Juma’at prayers in the State House in order to reduce hardships which people may pass through.
“As you all know, Presidential movements require roadblocks and other attendant restrictions which could subject worshippers and other people to a lot of difficulties.”
The President advised the Islamic scholars who were at State House to congratulate him on his overwhelming victory at the February 23 presidential election, thanked them for their prayers and support for his administration, assuring that the administration will leave no stone unturned in addressing the security challenges facing the country.
Congratulating the President on his re-election, Professor Galadanci said that the victory demonstrates the desire of the majority of Nigerians to ensure the continuity of the administration to the Next Level.
He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the President the ability to continue with the excellent work he is doing for the country.
Highlighting noteworthy achievements of the Buhari administration in the area of security, agriculture and the fight against corruption, the leader of the group urged the President to remain focused while praying to Allah to continue to give him the power to annihilate and wipe off pockets of terrorists in the country.