Ndigbo Muslims pray for peace, harmony ahead of elections
Ndigbo Muslims under the auspices of the South Eastern Muslims Organization of Nigeria (SEMON) have concluded plans to organise fasting and prayers for the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming general elections.
The National Chairman, Muhammad Ajah and Abdurrahman Urama, in a statement said the prayer session would be held between February 16th and March 2nd, 2019 at the National Mosque complex, Abuja.
The group said that the fasting of members is voluntary while the prayer session is compulsory for all members to attend. It stated that the prayer session would be conducted in Igbo Language by Ndigbo Muslim Islamic scholars and Imams.
All members of SEMON have been mandated to begin to prepare to travel to their villages where they registered and acquired their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC), while those at home have been sensitized on the voting pattern that will ease their conscience, guarantee their existence and protect the interest of the minority Islamic followership in Nigeria.
The Ndigbo Muslim group said it has warned members not to participate in any violent electioneering event before, during and after the elections; rather they must put all hopes in Allah Who gives whatever He wishes to whosoever He wishes.
“We have always prayed for Nigeria and our leaders. This one is going to be special because it is for a particular purpose. We are going to pray to Allah to grant victory to those who will represent their people well and those who will recognize and protect Ndigbo Muslims. It has been very tough for us in our states and in Nigeria. We have suffered. But we are very hopeful that Allah will answer our prayers and give us the privileges He has given other citizens of our states and Nigerians.
“We need opportunities to excel. We cannot remain in our condition forever. The earlier our religious and political leaders realised this, the better. Allah has the power to turn events. Our leaders should do something tangible about the situation. Nigeria is for all Nigerians. No segment should be denied the opportunities to showcase potentials or vie for excellence.” It stated.