The Etsu Nupe and chairman, Niger state council of traditional rulers, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar, has directed religious leaders in the emirate to intensify prayers seeking God’s forgiveness and end to COVID-19 pandemic.
To this end the monarch said he has “directed the Chief Imam of Nupe Kingdom, Ustaz Adamu Liman-Yakatun, to commence the offering and recitation of 165 million Istigfar (repentance) in my domain to seek God’s face in ending the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Alhaji Abubakar gave the directive at his Wadata palace in Bida, Niger state, when he addressed a cross-section of Imams and other religious leaders from across the emirate on Monday.
He said prayers were the most potent weapons to use in times of any hardship just like the current ravaging global coronavirus pandemic.
The traditional ruler admonished Nigerians to turn to God and seek for forgiveness amid the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Etsu Nupe, calamities like the COVID-19 the world is witnessing now were predestined by the Almighty Allah.
“Therefore when ever any calamity befalls any society or community they should hasten to return to God for Him to have mercy and pity on them.
“As pious and faithful servant of God, we are strongly optimistic that He will accept our prayers and shower his blessings and protection on all of us while He will also In sha Allah halt the pandemic.”