- Senator Uba Sani has assured Nigerians that the country would be great again
- Sani made the assurance on Wednesday, May 13, in his Sallah message to Nigerians
- The lawmaker also prayed for the release of the school children who were abducted by the bandits
The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central at the red chamber, Senator Uba Sani, has called for prayers for victims still in the hands of kidnappers, terrorists and bandits, saying his heart bleeds for them.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, reports that in a special Sallah message, the lawmaker expressed deep concern over the horrible situation of the abducted students of Greenfield University in Kaduna, Leah Sharibu and Chibok girls amongst other children under terrorists' captivity.
He described the psychological torture the captives go through as "simply unimaginable", while enjoining the kidnappers to "use the special occasion of Eid-el-Fitr to have a rethink and release the traumatized students and other abductees."
Senator Uba, who is also the chairman Senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions, tasked the nation's elites to put heads together in developing a framework for lowering tension in the country.
"If our country goes down, we shall all be casualties."
He canvassed for the urgent need for the elite to guide the people towards the right path, stressing that the Nigerian people desire a country where there is equity, justice and fairness and that while the citizens carry out their activities peacefully, the elite would like to willy-nilly turn them into "cannon fodder in the elites game of manipulation."
Warning that this negative culture of manipulation must be stopped, he said it has the potency to imperil the nation.
He, however, explained that at critical points in the nation's history, "prayers have made the difference" insisting that Nigerians "must all seek the face of Allah to lower the tensions in the country and renew confidence and faith of the people in a prosperous Nigeria".
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The lawmaker went on to emphasise that the prayers must be followed with concrete action, adding that the people are looking forward to a clear strategy to tackle the worsening insecurity, with their roles defined; the timeline and action.
Sani declared that "these are not beyond us", pointing out the need to renew people's faith in the power of government and reclaim its monopoly of the power of coercion.
He then reiterated his determination to prioritize his constituents' interests and welfare adding that "all we need is your unwavering support and understanding."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheikh AbdulGaniy Abubakar Agbotomokekere, on Wednesday, May 12, defied the directive of the Sultan to fast because of their non-appearance of the new crescent of Shawwal.
It was reported that Sheikh Agbotomokekere led a fraction of Muslims to pray at the praying ground Agodi area of the ancient city.
Sheikh Agbotomokekere led a fraction of Muslims to pray at the praying ground Agodi area of the ancient city.
The Imam's media handler, Ustadh Idris Agbotomokekere, said the directive of the Chief Imam was upon the sighting of the new moon.
In a related report, Nigeria's first family on Thursday, May 13, joined millions of Muslims in the country to celebrate the Eid el-Fitr festival at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The attendees at the event were President Muhammadu Buhari, the first lady, Aisha Buhari, and some of their children and grandchildren.
Other prominent government officials who were at the Villa for the prayers and celebration were the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno.