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“Pray but shun corruption” – Muslim groups advise Nigerians

Nigerians have been urged to seek divine intervention through prayers and shun corruption for the nation to overcome its challenges.

 

Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik AbdulGaniyu Agbotomokekere, advised at a special prayer held at the Eid praying ground, Agodi-Gate, Ibadan, over the nation’s insecurity and economic challenges.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that selected chapters of the Holy Quran and other Islamic supplications were recited to seek Allah’s intervention.

 

A former lecturer of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Ibadan, Prof. Kamil Oloso, affirmed the efficacy of prayers and citizens’ commitment to see Nigeria through.

 

According to him, the Muslim Community of Oyo State, the Imam-in-Council, and other spiritual fathers decided to pray for the country to enjoy relative peace and prosperity.

 

Emphasizing the hardship on many Nigerians, he, however, said the Almighty Allah was inclined to answer prayers easily during the period of Ramadan.

 

“We believe that the prayers offered today have been answered, and the country will begin to enjoy peace and harmony among others by the grace of God,” he said.

 

He, however, called on those at the helm of affairs to always do the right thing.

 

According to him, everyone will give accounts of his or her deeds on the day of judgment.

 

Oloso called on Nigerian leaders and others in positions of authority to stop diverting the nation’s wealth meant for the generality of the people for personal use.

 

“We will continue to appeal to a few corrupt individuals who are at the echelon of the leadership of this country—those who have not been responsible—to learn from those making the citizens enjoy the dividends of democracy; this prayer will make them sit up and start to do the right thing,” Oloso said.

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The Alfa Agba of Ibadanland, Dr. AbdulBari Adetunji, enjoined Muslims to always pray whenever they found themselves in difficult situations.

 

Adetunji, however, called on Nigerians to shun bad habits and other social vices so that their prayers would be accepted by Allah.

 

According to him, prayers are quickly accepted when an individual moves away from committing sins and seeks the forgiveness of God.

 

NAN reports that the occasion had in attendance the Secretary-General of the community, Alhaji Murisiku Siyanbade, and Islamic organisations such as the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO). (NAN)

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