Vice President Namadi Sambo today led a group of prominent Nigerians to offer special Juma’at (Friday) prayer in Abuja, as past of activities lined up for the centenary celebrations.
Former Head of State, Retired Gen. Muhammed Buhari, former President Shehu Shagari and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, were among those that participated in the prayer service.
Also present 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.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the prayer, Sambo described the centenary gig as ‘highly significant, told newsmen, adding that he and other prominent Nigerians at the Juma’ah prayer had gone there to stand in the gap for the country.
“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 Allah’s blessing.
“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 the continued Allah’s guidance and blessing for this country to have peace and development,” Sambo said.
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.
He also said God was in control and would do something about the challenges facing the country.