By Najem Francic, Sokoto
Sokoto state pilgrims currently in Saudi Arabia for the 2017 annual hajj have held special prayers for the continued recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria.
The special prayers which took place at the Grand Mosque in Mecca were also attended by pilgrims from other states who expressed pleasure at the efforts of the Sokoto delegation.
“Our pilgrims joined other well-wishers during a special prayer session for the health of the President, stability of their states as well as peaceful coexistence of the nation,” said a statement issued by Malam Imam Imam, the special adviser on media and public affairs to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal which was made available to journalists in Sokoto.
The statement said that the prayer sessions were led by Islamic scholars who expressed happiness at the return of the President from his medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
“The pilgrims expressed delight at the safe return of the President. They also prayed to God to give him and his lieutenants the strength to execute their mandates for the development of the nation.
“As for their state of Sokoto, the pilgrims and their officials commended Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and the state pilgrim’s welfare agency for the necessary arrangement put in place to ensure a smooth hajj exercise.
“They expressed optimism that the hajj season will be concluded in peace and harmony,” the statement added.