Saturday polls: Muslim scholars pray for Nigeria, back Tinubu

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Barely 4 days to the Saturday presidential election, the Concerned Yoruba Muslim Scholars in Nigeria (CYMSN), in collaboration with other stakeholders, prayed for the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general elections.

The group after its prayer in Abuja, Monday, also endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the February 25 presidential election.

In his welcome speech, the Secretary General of the group, Professor Abideen Olaiya urged political leaders not to heat up the polity with their statements capable of destabilising the country.

He warned that the call for an interim government and election postponement by some politicians could jeopardise the electoral process.

Explaining why they endorsed Tinubu, Olaiya said the former Lagos state governor possesses the competence, capacity, and ability to bring good governance to Nigerians if elected as president.

He stated: “We are an organization working for the peaceful transition of the electoral process. We organized this prayer as an intercessional prayer for divine favor from Almighty Allah to make the transition that is ongoing peaceful and successful. Because the situation of things in the country has always been at the precarious situation when we are running towards another election essentially at this particular point in time.

“The fuel scarcity and the naira redesign policy crises amongst others is giving us serious concern. And we have gathered to pray to Almighty God to give us intervention so that we can have a smooth and peaceful conduct of the electoral process.”

The prayer session, which witnessed the recitation of the whole glorious Qur’an amidst other supplications, was presided over by Sheikh Abdurrasheed Mayaleke, the group’s President General.

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