In continuation of the activities lined up for the centenary celebrations, Vice President Namadi Sambo led a group of prominent Nigerians to offer special Jumaâ€™at (Friday) prayer in Abuja.
Among those that participated in the prayer session were former Head of State, Gen. Muhammed Buhari, President Shehu Shagari and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar. Also at the special Friday prayer were some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC); Governors of Kaduna, Gombe and Nasarawa States; the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, Service Chiefs and other government functionaries.
Sambo, who described the centenary gig as â€˜highly significant, told newsmen shortly after the prayer that they prayed to Almighty Allah for the general progress of the country. â€˜â€˜Alhamdulillah, we have just prayed for the country on our centenary celebration. We are now 100 years of amalgamation, of becoming a great country, Nigeria. We have prayed for Almighty Allahâ€™s blessing.
â€˜â€˜We have experienced within these 100 years the period of colonialism the period of independent struggle, the period of gaining our Independence and the period of regional governance and today at 100 we have reached the stage where we consider ourselves from now on as Nigerians, as one country, one people, one unified country.
”And we prayed for continued Allahâ€™s guidance and blessing for this country to have peace and development.â€™â€™
Earlier in his sermon, the Deputy Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Abuja, Sheik Muhammed Kabiru Musa Muhammed, enjoined all Nigerians to remain grateful to Almighty Allah for ensuring the unity of the country in the past 100 years.
On the challenges facing the country, Kabiru urged Nigerians not to apportion blame to anybody as God was in control of the situation.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to continue to pray for the peaceful co-existence of the nation to ensure stability and development.