EndSARS: Sultan declares Friday, October 23 for special prayer

By  Nurudeen Lawal

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, has declared Friday, October 23, as a day of special prayer for the nation.

The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations, The Sun reports.

There is palpable tension as suspected hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protests across the country. EndSARS: Sultan declares Friday October 23 special prayer day.

Things, however, escalated on Tuesday night, October 220, as security forces allegedly opened fire on peaceful protesters in Lekki, Lagos, which also reportedly led to the loss of lives.

The Nigerian Army, has, however, denied its involvement in the killings. In the aftermath of the killings, hoodlums have been targeting some key public and private properties setting them ablaze even as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu sues for calm.

Thus, on Wednesday, October 21, the Sultan declared Friday, October 23, a day for special prayer and issued special directives to Imams across the nation. The monarch requested all Imams to dedicate their sermons to the ongoing crisis in the country, by calming down the strained nerves with their clement preaching for peace as well as their verbal ventilation of the national atmosphere for permanent tranquillity to the benefit of all and sundry.

He urged all Nigerian Muslim congregations to join their Imams in offering the special prayer for the stability of Nigeria in the present time as well as in future. The Sultan also encouraged other Nigerian Muslims who are residing abroad to join in the crucial prayer.

He also prayed for Nigeria saying that he beseeched Allah never to allow the bountiful blessings with which He (Allah) gloriously endow Nigeria to end up in a regrettable history. The monarch also appealed to the Nigerian government to sincerely consider a quick implementation of the demands of the protesting youths which it has accepted.

He cautioned Nigerian Muslim youths against joining evil gangs of violence as efforts to restore peace continue.

Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has also lent his voice on issues surrounding the ongoing EndSARS protest which has already turned violent in many parts of the country.

In his reaction to the turn of events on Wednesday, October 21, Obasanjo called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop soldiers from shooting at protesters.

Friday, October 23 was declared a day of special prayer by the Sultan of Sokoto as #EndSARS protest turned violent across the nation.

The Sultan directed all Imams across the country to dedicate their sermons to the crisis and used the opportunity to calm people’s nerves.

Suspected hoodlums have reportedly hijacked the #EndSARS protest causing mayhem in Lagos, Benin, and other states.

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