Nigerian Muslims gather for 'prayer for nation'

Thousands of Nigerian Muslims flocked on Sunday to the Tafawa Balewa Square to pray for the nation.

Nigerian Muslims gather for 'prayer for nation'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thousands of Nigerian Muslims, mostly from Lagos and its environs, flocked on Sunday to the Tafawa Balewa Square to pray for the oil-rich nation that is nonetheless gripped by poverty and sectarian strife now accentuated by insurgency in its northeast.

Themed "Muslims pray for the Nation," the event is organized by the Joint Muslim Forum, an amalgam of Muslim organizations drawn largely from Lagos State, Nigeria's former political capital with hugely rich Muslim history.

Attending the event are numerous eminent Muslim personalities, scholars and public figures including Chief Imam of Lagos Sheikh Ibrahim Garba, Justice Habeeb Abiru of Lagos High Court and prominent preacher Sheikh Adebayo Tejidini.

Also presents are the leaders of Nigeria's largest groups including Sheikh Abdullahi Akinbode of Nasrullah-il-Fathi; Sheikh Abdurrahman Adangba of Qareeb Islamic Society and Dr. Abdurahman Ahmad of Ansar-Ud-Deen Islamic Society of Nigeria.

Up to 100 different Muslim groups are represented at the event.

One of the earliest speakers is Sheikh Imran Abdul Majeed Eleha, a prominent Nigerian scholar.

He said that in praying for their country, Nigerian Muslims are following the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who had prayed for Mecca, his birthplace.

Atmosphere at the event is uniquely serene and relaxed - beating expectations that the place would be manned by heavy security to reflect the situation of security and fear that such large gathering could be hijacked by some extremists.

Police and other paramilitary bodies are, nonetheless, well represented, perhaps complementing a pocket of secret police operatives sighted at the event.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2014, 15:26