By Muhammad Lawal, Birnin Kebbi.
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has called on Nigerians to repent and intensify prayers to end the lingering insecurity bedevilling the nation.
Bagudu made the appeal at the Walima (dinner), organised to celebrate “Kebbi @31” in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.
The event, which was organised by the Kebbi State Government, drew Ulamas (Islamic clerics) from different Islamic sects to preach and offer special prayers for restoration of peace in Nigeria.
Bagudu, who was represented by Alhaji Babale Umar-Yauri, Secretary to Kebbi State Government (SSG), said that the state decided to celebrate its 31st anniversary in a different way.
“We decided to invite Ulamas to preach to us, remind us about Almighty God and pray for peace to reign across Nigeria,” he said.
The governor lamented that banditry, rape and kidnapping were alien vices that infiltrated the country, assuring that with prayers, they would soon be a thing of the past.
Bagudu noted that the herculean task facing leaders required the people’s pity, hence the need for the people’s understanding that the work “is not as easy as one thinks”.
While appreciating the Ulamas for their contribution to the success of the state, Bagudu urged them to sustain the support.
Earlier, several clerics, who preached at the event, reminded the people as well as the leaders of the need to be mindful of their responsibilities.
The Ulamas include Sheikh Abbas Muhammad-Jega, who was represented by Sheikh Usman Adam-Jega; Sheikh Umar Malisa, represented by Sheikh Tijjani Muhammad; Sheikh Basiru Musa and Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Isa-Jega.
Citing texts from the Quar’an and Hadith, the clerics enumerated some qualities of a leader to include humility, humbleness, consultation before taking decision, leniency, fairness and justice.
The clerics underscored the need for followers to be obedient, while respecting all constituted authorities, to enable leaders discharge their responsibilities diligently.