First the governor of Plateau State, and now the president himself – asking us to medicate with prayers while we ignore the fact that the house is on fire. Na wah!
ABUJA, August 19, (THEWILL) – President Goodluck Jonathan has identified prayers as very crucial to the country’s quest for peace and unity.
Jonathan made the observation on Sunday at the Presidential Villa while receiving a delegation led by Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo.
“We must unite. For us to progress, there must be peace,” he said. “Today is a great day; it is a moment not just for Muslims but all Nigerians to reflect on the unity of Nigeria. But what we are passing through as a nation can be overcome with prayers.”
He praised Sambo and the other government functionaries for their steadfastness in implementing government policies, and promised to build on the effort of the country’s founding fathers.
Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Musa Mohammed, opened the event with prayers after which the Vice President praised the president for his work in the saddle of the nation.
“We will continue to support you, Mr. President, to deliver the transformation agenda. We assure you of our loyalty and we pray that this country will be transformed under your leadership,” he said.
Among those who paid the Sallah homage on the president were national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur; Senator Philip Aduda, who represented the president of the Senate; minister of Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed; and minister of police affairs, Capt. Caleb Olubolade.
Minister of State for Finance, Yerima Ngama; minister of state for FCT, Olajumoke Akinjide; head of the Civil Service of the federation, Bello Isa; chief of air staff, Air Marshal Mohammed Dikko; inspector general of police, Muhammed Abubakar; former speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Alhaji Umar Ghali Na’Abba; former minister of state for foreign affairs, Salamatu Ibrahim; and former PDP chairman, Amadu Ali were also on the visiting team.