- Over 2,000 Islamic clerics gathered at a venue in Kano state to pray for the emergence of Bola Tinubu as Nigeria's president
- The prayers were organised by an appointee of President Muhammadu Buhari who is also a former House of Representatives member
- Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, has a solid support base in Kano, the largest commercial city in northern Nigeria
Bebeji - The Executive Director of Business Development, Federal Housing Authority, Abdullmumini Jibrin Kofa on Saturday, January 1 organised a special prayer session for the success of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The prayer session, which was conducted in his hometown of Kofa village in Bebeji Local Government Area, Kano state, around 11:30 am, was conducted by over 2,500 clerics.
The Punch newspaper reports that the Islamic clerics were assembled by the former House of Representatives member who represented Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency from 2011 to 2019.
The prayer, which was attended by politicians from across the state, was led by the Chief Imam of Kafin-Maiyaki, who recited verses from the Holy Qur’an.
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After the prayer session, the former federal lawmaker gave scholarship grants to 2,500 girls and empowered another 2,500 youths who underwent training in various skills under his empowerment program.
Speaking at the event, Kofa said the special prayer was conducted for peace and stability in the country.
“This special prayer was organised for the success of the presidential ambition of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the forthcoming general elections as well as for peace and stability in the country.”
According to him, the prayer was conducted by over 2,500 Ulamas drawn from all over Kano state.
“Today a total of 2,500 youths received startup capital and scholarship grants to over 2,500 girls selected from the 44 local government areas of Kano state. Each of the beneficiaries received financial support ranging from N100,000 downwards.”
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Meanwhile, the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria and a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osita Okechukwu, has advised Tinubu not to run for the presidential seat in 2023.
Okechukwu gave the advice in a statement on Sunday, December 19, in which he urged the former Lagos governor to rather harness resources combined with his influence to support a young candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
The founding member of the ruling party admonished Tinubu to back a politician from the south in order to unite the region.
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In a related development, Tinubu has been told that he will get the support of the Coalition of Progressive Youths and Student Leaders for his 2023 presidential ambition if he backs the emergence of a youth as the national chairman of the APC.
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This was disclosed by Samuel Olalere, the convener of the coalition at a news conference on Sunday, December 26, in Ikeja, Lagos.
Olalere said the person taking over from President Buhari in 2023 has to be a mature person with the ability to advance the country's progress.