Abuja, Kaduna lock down as Tijjaniyya adherents commemorate Sheikh Niass

This year’s annual Maulud of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, the founder of the Faidah branch of the Tijjaānīyya sect was simultaneously conducted in two cities of Abuja and Kaduna

The Abuja event was organised by the Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi Foundation, while the Kaduna group was planned by Khalifa Sheikh Ishaq Rabiu.

The Central Area and linking districts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were for two days locked down by adherents of the Tijjaniyya order who were celebrating the anniversary of the leader of the sect

The processions in their thousands were at the Abuja National Mosque since Thursday evening with the security officials of the mosque having a tough time controlling the crowd and vehicles in and around the mosque complex.

The Kaduna group converged on the Murtala Muhammmad Square, Kaduna, since Monday, the metropolis had witnessed the influx of members of the sect as they mounted makeshift stalls along the Ali Akilu road, Alkali road and all locations surrounding the Murtala square. It was observed that members of the sect also came in vehicles which carried photos of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass.

Speaking at the Abuja event, the Chairman of the foundation, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi urged Muslims to be their brother’s keeper and obey the laws of the land in the interest of peace and national development.

“Muslim must continuously seek forgiveness from Allah and work for the good of the nation. Nigerians should be prayerful in order to overcome the challenges facing the nation and we should also pray for the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed,” the renowned Muslim scholar said.

He also tasked Muslims on the significance of practicing Islam according to the teachings of the Qur’an and traditions of Prophet Muhammad as shown by the companions of the Prophet.

While speaking at the Kaduna event, Khalifa Isyaka Rabiu admonished the Tijjaniya adherents on the need to peacefully live with one another and to pray for peace and tranquility of the country.

He said the delegations across the world that graced the occasion show the importance of the maulud celebration and the place of Nigeria in the world.

Dignitaries at the Abuja event include the Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniyya order worldwide and son of late Sheik Ibrahim Nyass, Sheikh Ahmad Tijjanni Nyass from Senegal, Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, representatives of Nasarawa and Niger states governors, representative of Sultan of Sokoto, a former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Umar Na’aba, among others.

While the Kaduna had in attendance the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau among others.

Some of the countries whose entourage attended the event were Morocco, Senegal Tanzania, Egypt, Libya, Britain, Germany and some European countries.



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