The Chief Imam of Abuja, Alhaji Musa Muhammed, on Friday called on Nigerians, especially Muslims, to stop blaming anybody or group for the detention and the ongoing deportation of Nigerian female pilgrims from Saudi Arabia.
Although he frowned at the development, he gave an assurance that God would intervene in the problem.
Muhammed made the call in his sermon at a special Juma’at prayer held at the National Mosque, Abuja, as part of activities marking the nation’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.
He expressed the hope that notwithstanding the current situation, all affected pilgrims would perform the pilgrimage.
He said he was aware that efforts were ongoing by relevant authorities to address the issue.
In an interview after the service, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, who led other top government officials, urged Nigerians to continue to be their brothers’ keepers for the general progress of the country.
Describing the independence anniversary as highly significant, Sambo said the administration was committed to the rapid transformation of the country.
He said, “The 52nd independence anniversary of Nigeria is highly significant and today, we have just prayed for Nigeria and its development, and prayed for Mr. President for Almighty Allah to continue to give him the good health, strength and wisdom to transform Nigeria into one of the most prosperous nations in the world.”
Apart from Sambo, other prominent Nigerians that participated in the prayer session were ministers, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar; Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bello Sali; Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, service chiefs and other government functionaries.