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Muslims in Ibadan offer special prayers for elections

2015-03-23 10:05
Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and vice-presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo attend a campaign rally on January 19, 2015 in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan ~ CHRIS STEIN

Ibadan - The Muslim Ummah of South-West‎ (MUSWEN) on Sunday in Ibadan offered special prayers for a peaceful general elections.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of the special prayer, ‎the Secretary of MUSWEN, Dawud Noibi, said the association organised the prayer to ensure peaceful elections in the country.

 "The only resort Nigeria has is to call on Allah to guide us and give us peaceful elections," he said.

He said that the way out in solving any problems should be through negotiation and not through crisis.

"As Muslim faithful we believe that through prayer there will be peace in Nigeria and all will be well."  

Noibi advised those that were eligible to vote to come out en masse to cast their votes according to their conscience.

The Chairman, Muslim Community of Oyo State, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, said that Muslims believed the elections would be credible, free and fair.

"As the election is drawing near, there has been apprehension by Nigerians that the election may be marred with violence and may lead to anarchy"

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He urged all the ethnic militias not to attach to any political party ‎in other to ensure free and fair elections.

Alhaja Sururah Oyero, the National Public Relations Officer of the Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN), emphasised the role of women in the forthcoming elections.

According to her, the role of women is to come out en masse in order to fulfill their civic obligations.

"FOMWAN is calling on women to take care of their children and must not send them out to hawk at the polling units."  

The Chief Imam of Ibadan, Suara Haruna presided over the prayer.

The Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, represented Governor Abiola Ajimobi on the occasion ‎.

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