Prayer for lasting peace in Nigeria mandatory, cleric tells Kebbi pilgrims

A Muslim cleric, Lukman Hamidu-Yauri, a member of the ‘Da’awah’ Committee of the Kebbi Pilgrims Welfare Board, has said prayer for the restoration of peace in Nigeria is sacred.

The cleric made the announcement on Tuesday during a nasiha (enlightenment) session shortly after the Subhi (dawn) prayer in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

The morning illumination session has now become a routine to educate the pilgrims in the rituals of Hajj towards an acceptable pilgrimage.

The cleric noted that prayer for Nigeria was not only important but mandatory, “in view of the critical security challenges facing our dear country.”

“We must use this opportunity to consistently pray for peace across Nigeria. We should also pray to Almighty Allah to guide our leaders on the right path, to give them the wisdom to restore the country’s economy. We must also beg God to grant them the ability to be righteous and at the same time govern the affairs of our motherland.

“We must especially pray that our Governor, Dr. Nasir Idris, will be successful in Kebbi. He’s off to a good start; we can attest to the fact that the fertilizer he distributed to farmers for free is a gesture never seen in Kebbi. I tend to agree with a writer who recently wrote that we have had many governors in Kebbi before who actually resigned, but Idris is replacing them. I believe that each of you here is a living witness to that fact,” he said.

In his contribution, Deputy Imam of the Central Mosque, Birnin Kebbi, Kabiru Umar-Wasagu, urged pilgrims to be patient in their dealings with each other.

He recalled that without patience, “our noble Prophet Muhammad would not have succeeded.”

He reminded them that the religion of Islam continued to grow stronger due to the patience and resilience of the Holy Prophet and his Companions.

The cleric noted that patience was crucial for a successful Hajj, hence the need for pilgrims to always imbibe the spirit of tolerance and understanding.

“It is always necessary to be the keepers of our brothers,” he said.

Commenting on the plastic identity card of pilgrims produced by the Saudi authorities, Ms. Umar-Wasagu advised them to be patient and orderly, saying that each pilgrim would receive their card in due course.

He warned them to stay close to Muslim clerics and regularly ask questions about gray areas related to the exercise.