Special prayers were yesterday held at the presidential Villa mosque in commemoration of Nigeria’s 57th Independence Celebration.
Among the top dignitariesThe Special Jumaat Prayer had in attendance President Muhammadu Buhari, Former Vice-President Namadi Sambo and President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki
Chief Imam, Abdulwahid Abubakar led the two rakaat prayers which centered on the peaceful coexistence and prosperity of the Nigerian nation.
Others were Minister of the Interior, Lt. Gen Abdurahman Danbazzau (rtd); Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; and other senior Muslim faithful at the presidency.
After the Jumaat Prayers, Senate President Bukola Saraki told correspondents that Nigeria had progressed over the years, and moreso under the present administration.”A lot of people would say what are we congratulating ourselves about? We have achieved a lot, we have been able to maintain our peace despite our diversity.
“Every nation has been tested, the most important thing now is for us to stay together. We shouldn’t lose hope. We should continue to pray for the unity of Nigeria,” Saraki said.
Meanwhile, an interdenominational church service has also been scheduled to hold on Sunday (tomorrow) at the National Christian Centre, Abuja in continuation of the Independence Anniversary, which falls on October 1.Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to lead the Christian faithful as Special guest of honour along with other dignitaries.