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Sallah: Pray for yourselves, not leaders who won’t stop killings, Shehu Sani warns

By Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze, Matthew Ogune (Abuja), Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) and Chris Irekamba (Lagos)
03 May 2022   |   2:51 am
Against the backdrop of security challenges facing the country, a former lawmaker at the National Assembly and civil rights activist, Shehu Sani, has urged Nigerians

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Against the backdrop of security challenges facing the country, a former lawmaker at the National Assembly and civil rights activist, Shehu Sani, has urged Nigerians to stop praying for the leadership of the nation and instead pray for themselves.

In his Sallah message, to mark the end of Muslim fasting, yesterday, Sani said leaders who have allowed consistent terrorist attacks and killings of citizens, without ending the crises, do not deserve the prayers of Nigerians.

He said: “It is high time ordinary Nigerians stopped praying for their leaders and start praying for themselves. The poor have been praying for the powerful and the rich while leaving themselves out in the cold.

“It’s unconscionable for any Nigerian in the position of power and authority to joyfully celebrate Sallah, while our people are in the bush, in the hands of terrorists, since the attack on the Abuja-Kaduna train, over 33 days ago.”

He added: “Most Nigerian leaders repeatedly call and use the name of Allah for political and economic interests but they have not Allah in their hearts and conduct.

“The 2023 political season is at hand. No one should be deceived by merchants of religion who exploit the beliefs and faiths of our people to achieve their own political ends.”

This came as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, wrote to all church leaders in the five blocks of the association, asking them to pray for Nigeria on May 13, 14 and 15, 2022.

In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, CAN General Secretary, Daramola Joseph Bade, said the church needs to ask God to show mercy on Nigeria and divinely intervene in its economy, politics and security matters so that the nation would not collapse.

He said: “The church needs to pray that God would speak to our leaders, to take the right steps in addressing the dangerous situations into which we have put ourselves and that God would continue to be with the electoral umpire, to stand firm without an iota of partiality in making sure that elections are free and fair.”

Supplicants will also seek that “God should judge anyone outright, who, out of selfishness, is planning to create chaos in the forthcoming elections, no matter how highly placed; that the electorate would come out and vote the right people into power.

“That God would give the military the upper hand in subduing terrorists and other violent people causing mayhem in our nation; that He would divinely fight for Nigeria against these evil people and their financiers; that our generation would experience a new Nigeria where there are equity, justice and peace, irrespective of ethnic group, religion or political affiliation.”
MEANWHILE, Muslims have been advised to get their voter cards ready for the 2023 general elections.

In his Sallah message, the group chairman of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Sokoto State branch, Muhammad Mansur Aliyu, said: “MURIC reminds Nigerian Muslims of their civic responsibility of participating in all aspects of political activities in the country, particularly as we prepare for the 2023 general elections.”

We lay emphasis on the need for every Muslim to collect his or her voter card, to be eligible for voting. No amount of sacrifice is too much for this important civic duty.”

He added: “Muslims must not shun politics if they want to be liberated from the current spate of stigmatisation, marginalisation and impoverishment. We warn that Muslims who fail to obtain their voter cards have voted for bad rulers and Muslim haters whose main preoccupation is to persecute and oppress Muslims.”

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