By TAJUDEEN ADEBANJO, Lagos
January 16, 2015 – Over 5000 Muslims across Lagos and its environ are expected to converge on the Blue Roof of Lagos Television (LTV), Ikeja, Lagos for a special prayer for the success and peaceful electioneering process.
Come February, the nation will be going through general elections from state Houses of Assembly to the Presidency.
The prayer session, put together by the Joint Muslim Forum (JMF) under the auspices of the Muslim Community of Lagos State, will hold on Sunday January 18.
A statement by the Chairman Steering Committee, Alhaji Thabit Wale Sonaike said the revered Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Akinola Ibrahim will lead the prayer session.
Vice-President, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Senator Hassan Fasinro will deliver the welcome address while NSCIA Secretary-General, Prof Ishaq Oloyede and former Lagos State Deputy Governor Alhaja Lateefah Okunnu will give the keynote addresses.
Prayers will be led by the National Missioner Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad; NASFAT Chief Missioner, Sheikh Abdullai Akinbode; Chief Missioner, Al-Fatiu Quareeb Society of Nigeria, Sheikh Sulaiman Adangba and AbdulHakeem Awwal of Ikhwan Muslimun Society of Nigeria will take turn for special prayers.
Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah in South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Prof Daud Noibi, will deliver the good will message while the duo of Sheikh Najimdeen Jumah of The Companion and Mufti, Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i will deliver lecture on good governance.
Alhaji Sonaike described the February general elections crucial in the annals of Nigeria, hence the need to put the nation under the shade of Allah for credible and peaceful polls.