Military cleric advocates forgiveness, civility as servicemen retire
Major Birchi Isah Yakubu, chief imam of the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre (NAFRC), Oshodi, on Friday, said the advent of COVID-19 had affected the rate at which members turn out for religious activities.
Yakubu said this during a special prayer Jumat session that NAFRC held for its retirees at the mosque.
“The pandemic is a global issue that had affected every sphere of life and not just the religious aspect. We, however, thank Allah for everything because as long as there is life, there is hope,” he said.
Yakubu said the prayer session was to seek Allah’s intervention in preparing the retirees as they transition from military to civilian lifestyle.
“We seek Allah’s intervention for the forgiveness of offences, no matter how grievous, during the course of their service. I urge them to also forgive one another in whatever way they might have erred to create a smooth transition to civilian life,” Yakubu said.
He said that the gathering would be the second-largest the retirees would have since they joined the service after their depot.
“The next big gathering they may be witnessing might be when they go for a pension before they can see each other like this again. So, they should try as much as possible to forgive each other and also continue praying to Allah to grant them their heart desires,” he said.
The chief imam also advised the retirees to be careful with their utterances, as they would be going back to society to live as civilians.
Also speaking, Air Commodore Taofiki Oladega, Director of Admin, NAFRC, said the prayer was to commemorate the forthcoming passing out parade of the trainees, which is scheduled for December 18.
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