*Taraba Muslims and Christians also unite in Prayers
By Aminu Garko/Minna
The Forum of Chief Imams of all Juma’at mosques in the 25 Local Government Areas of Niger state converged at Minna Central Mosque on Saturday for special prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that prayers were also offered for the development and progress of the nation at the session.
Sheik Ibrahim Fari, Chairman of the forum, told NAN that the prayers were aimed at supporting the prayers of all Nigerians asking God to restore the president’s good health.
“The entire nation needs him to accomplish his mission of repositioning the country towards ending corruption in our lives.
“Corruption has been the major factor responsible for our collective setback.
“This gathering is very important to ask Allah to strengthen the current administration in it’s efforts at ending the senseless killings of innocent Nigerians especially in the Northeast and North central.
“Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religious and political differences, should come together and pray for our leaders.
“Our president is sick, everything in us as a nation is sick. All that is expected of us is to include him in our daily prayers,” he said.
TARABA ALSO OFFERS PRAYERS
Muslim and Christian faithful in Taraba on Saturday also held a special prayer for the speedy recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari , who is on medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
Followers of the two religions converged in Jalingo Eid prayer ground and begged God to grant Buhari sound health so that he could continue piloting the affairs of the country.
Speaking at the occassion, Representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN ) Rev. Baba Yerima , said praying for the well being of Buhari was the duty of every “true believer”.
He noted Christians and Muslims are united in their concerns about the health condition of the President.
He urged the gathering to pray for leaders at all times because “if a leader succeeds, his people have succeeded too”.
Ustaz Ali Babando , a Muslim cleric, said the President was ordained by God to tackle the country’s socio-economic challenges.
He noted that it was in the interest of Nigerians to keep praying for Buhari to enable him return home to consolidate on the fight against terror and corruption.
Alhaji Sani Tullu, Secretary, Taraba Chapter, Buhari Support Organisation(BSO), said the BSO had organised the prayer and a rally in honour of the President who “is indefatigable, incompatible and visionary “.
“ We salute the giant strides and landmark achievement of the Buhari’s leadership towards reposition the country.
“ We are particularly impressed with the performance of the administration in anti-corruption fight, decimating insurgents, revitalising Agriculture, education and health sector.
“ Therefore, we restate our unflinching loyalty to this government to inject new lease of life to Nigerians alive and those yet unborn,” he said.
*Updated with reports from Taraba at 14.20 on Saturday.