Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day celebration has continued with prayers amongst Muslims and Christians in Niger State.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello joined other Muslim faithful in a special Independence Day prayer session at the Minna Central Mosque.
Governor Sani Bello said that this is a period to pray for the country to return to normalcy.
Many Islamic scholars attended the special prayer session among them was the grandson of Sheik Shehu Tijjani from Algeria, Sheik Ali bin Rabiu al Tijjani, leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic sect worldwide.
Sheik Tijjani described Nigerians as peaceful and loving people, urging them to continue to have the fear of God in their dealings with each other and maintain peaceful co-existence among the different faiths existing in the country.
Earlier, Director General, Religious Affairs, Sheik Abubakar Mohammed Rabiu Beji commended the Governor for facilitating the visit of the Leader of the Tijjaniyya Sect worldwide to come and pray along with them, saying that it is a clear demonstration that he is a Governor for everyone in the state.
The Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Mallam Ibrahim Isah Fari led other Ulamas to pray for the country at 62 and for peace and progress.
There was also the recitation of some verses of the Holy Quran.
The Deputy Governor, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, Secretary to the the state government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe, Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, and the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna among others were also at the special prayer session.
Similarly, prayers for a more prosperous Nation were offered at some of the Churches in the state.
At St.Michael Catholic Cathedral, Reverend Father Rueben Shaba in his homily called on Nigerians to wake up to reality, and as citizens see what they can do to make the country better.
He urged the people to imbibe honesty and be responsive to each other irrespective of one’s religion
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