LEAD­ERS CAN­VASS NA­TIONAL UNITY

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Isi­aka Wak­ili

There was a spe­cial juma’at ses­sion at the Aso Rock Pres­i­den­tial Villa in Abuja yes­ter­day as part of ac­tiv­i­ties to mark the coun­try’s 57th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary with calls for continued na­tional unity.

Among dig­ni­taries that at­tended were a for­mer vice pres­i­dent, Ar­chi­tect Mo­hammed Na­madi Sambo and the pres­i­dent of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

Sambo left the Pres­i­den­tial Villa im­me­di­ately af­ter the prayer while the Se­nate pres­i­dent ac­com­pa­nied Pres­i­dent Buhari to his of­fi­cial res­i­dence.

Ad­dress­ing jour­nal­ists, the se­nate pres­i­dent urged all Nige­ri­ans to re­main to­gether, say­ing they should not lose hope as the chal­lenges in the econ­omy “can be ad­dressed.”

He noted that Nige­ria’s 57th in­de­pen­dence an­niver­sary was worth cel­e­brat­ing as the na­tion had achieved a lot, es­pe­cially by be­ing able to main­tain peace.

He called on cit­i­zens to con­tinue to pray for Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari and the peace and unity of the coun­try.

The prayer ses­sion was also at­tended by the gover­nor of Bauchi State, Mo­hammed Abdullah Abubakar; the deputy leader of the Se­nate, Se­na­tor Bala Na’alla as well as Sen­a­tors Kabiru Marafa (Zam­fara), Abu Ibrahim (Katsina) and Shaba Lafi­aji (Kwara).

The Chief of Staff to the Pres­i­dent, Abba Kyari, the Min­is­ter of Jus­tice and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, Abubakar Malami, the Min­is­ter of Avi­a­tion, Hadi Sirika, the Min­is­ter of In­te­rior, Ab­dul­rah­man Dam­baz­zau and the Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Ade­bayo Shitu were also at the mosque.

Also in at­ten­dance were the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Bu­ratai, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Mar­shall Sadique Abubakar and the In­spec­torGen­eral of Po­lice, Mr Ibrahim Idris as well as the Comptroller-Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Cus­toms Ser­vice, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) and the Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Nige­rian Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion, Maikanti Baru.

In his ser­mon, the Chief Imam of the State House mosque, Malam Ab­dul­wahid Abubakar Suleiman, urged Nige­rian lead­ers to lead by ex­am­ple and ren­der self­less ser­vices to the na­tion and hu­man­ity.

He said Nige­ri­ans had rea­sons to re­joice over the coun­try’s unity and sta­bil­ity as well as numer­ous achieve­ments recorded so far in the var­i­ous spheres of na­tional life.

He said in or­der to con­sol­i­date the gains, the na­tion’s lead­ers and the led must con­tinue to work to­gether to­wards achiev­ing na­tional as­pi­ra­tions.

The cleric be­seeched Al­lah to con­tinue to guide and grant Pres­i­dent Buhari good health, courage and wis­dom to im­ple­ment his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s change agenda for a greater Nige­ria.

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari (2nd right); Se­nate Pres­i­dent Bukola Saraki (3rd right) and other dig­ni­taries, dur­ing a spe­cial Juma’at prayer ses­sion in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the coun­try’s 57th In­de­pen­dence Cel­e­bra­tion at the State House in Abuja yes­ter­day PHOTO:

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