President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for peace, unity and stability in the country.
The president made the call in a speech on the 70th anniversary of the Qaddriyya on Saturday in Kano.
Buhari, represented by Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the call was imperative to foster unity and address security challenges in the country.
He urged young people to take advantage of the opportunities of the agricultural and economic empowerment programs initiated by the Federal Government to learn trades, become self-reliant and participate in productive activities.
Buhari expressed his satisfaction with the conduct of the event and praised the Qadiriyya leader, Sheikh Qaribullah Nasiru-Kabara for his support and constant prayers for the country.
In a comment, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano said that the state government had initiated viable road infrastructure and health projects aimed at creating an environment conducive to helping the teaching of the Islamic religion.
Ganduje said the state government had also provided support to facilitate the completion of the mosque, school and conference hall projects started by Qadiriyya in Kano and Abuja.
He congratulated the Qadiriyya leader for supporting government policies and programs, as well as peace-building efforts in the state.
The governor also praised security agencies, community and religious leaders for their support in maintaining peace and promoting peaceful coexistence in the state.
Ganduje praised the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III, for his support for the Kano state government and the emirate’s councils.
He noted that the state government gave priority to building harmonious relationships between traditional institutions and their counterparts in other states.
Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto praised the federal and state governments of Kano for their efforts to maintain peace in the state.
Abubakar admonished the Muslim faithful to pray for the peace, stability and economic prosperity of the country.
For his part, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, praised Buhari for his support of the state government and the implementation of viable projects in the state.
Bayero also admonished the people to live in peace, support government policies and programs for the sustainable social and economic development of the state.
Recall that the “Maukibi”, which refers to concentration or celebrations in the Arabic language, is an annual event observed by Muslim worshipers to celebrate the birth of a famous Islamic scholar, Sheikh AbdulQadir Jilani.
It is designed to foster unity and brotherhood among the Muslim faithful.
The event was first held in Nigeria some 70 years ago by Sheikh Nasiru Kabara.
Thousands of Muslim worshipers from Nigeria and neighboring states participated in the annual event.
The event was attended by the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Umar Faruk, Sultan of Agadez in the Republic of Niger, government officials, diplomats, religious and community leaders from the West African subregion.