For the love of the president both Christians and Muslims in Plateau prayed
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After voting overwhelmingly for him in the 2015 election, Plateau State residents would show again just how much they loved President Muhammadu Buhari. They did that when he fell ill and went for treatment in London. The state’s Christian and Muslim faithful went into prayers for his quick recovery and return. The churches were just as busy as the mosques. At a point, Christians joined the Muslims in a mosque in a telling moment of love and faith.
The state governor, Simon Lalong, a Christian, called for intercessory prayers for his president, directing that the state’s monthly prayer session held in the Government House Chapel be dedicated to the health of the President.
Government House Champlain, Rev. Father David Ajang, not only led the prayer session but took time to explain why Christians should pray for Muslim leaders.
He said, “The Bible encourages we Christians to pray for leaders as well as people in authority because leaders are made by God. Every problem of the country requires divine intervention and that is why everyone should pray for God to intervene in the health of our president.”
Also in Jos Central Mosque, a former Minister of State for Information Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu Nakande led a prayer session for the President.
Chief Imam, Sheikh Lawal Adam led the prayers. In his remarks, the ex-minister Dasuki Nakande said President Buhari needs prayers not only for his recuperation but God’s guidance and protection to deliver his campaign promises and take the nation to new heights.
Hon. Nakande who is also an All Progressive Congress (APC) chieftain urged Nigerians to continue praying for Buhari to succeed.
Now imagine how the state’s residents, especially those in Jos, the capital, reacted when the President returned, after extending his medical vacation amid speculations and death rumours. They poured out into the streets, chanting the president’s name in a clear demonstration of relief.
As the news spread in Jos like wildfire, some residents of the state especially those of Hausa ethnic group took to the streets in jubilation.
There was a procession of tricycles and motorcycles including some on foot. Most of them bore the photograph of Mr. President. The jubilant crowd chanted “Allah Akbar,” which means “God is great”. Some shouted “Buhari 2019”, some others sang “Buhari for Life”, Sai Baba, Sai Magaskiya, etc.
The procession went through Tafawa Balewa Street, Kwararafa, Bauchi Road, Murtala Muhammed Way, Gangeri, and Angwuan Rogo.
Some of them spoke on why they took to the streets.
Abdullahi Sabo said, “We are celebrating because Allah has granted our prayers, we have been praying for the safe arrival of our President, and now he is back hail and hearty, that is why we are celebrating.
Sadiq Usman said, “We have to celebrate because some people wished our president dead in UK hospital, but some of us prayed against their bad wishes, so with the arrival of our President we have won, our prayer superceed that of those who wished the president dead.
Mallam Kabiru Yahaya said, “Allah is really great, that is why we are shouting “Allah Akbar” nobody can kill our president, he must finish his four years as our president and we will give him another four years in 2019 “insha Allah” meaning (‘by the grace of God).
Indeed, there were a number of intercessory prayers in the state in the last three weeks. One was held at Jumaat Mosque organised by Alhaji Salish Nakande and his group. That prayer session saw the coming together of Christians and Muslims who prayed together in Jos Central mosque for Mr. President.
Great care was taken to ensure that the street procession was not hijacked by hoodlums. That was why the celebration did not last too long. Even while it lasted, security agents kept a close eye on the procession so as to respond promptly at the slightest sign of chaos.
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