National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has expressed gratitude to members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for a special tawaf (circumambulation of Holy Kaabah) and prayer session for him in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.
Tinubu said he felt honoured that the gesture was in furtherance of similar prayers seeking God’s blessings for his aspiration ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
He urged the members of the House of Assembly to also pray for Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari in view of the challenges facing the nation.
The statement released by Tinubu media office reads in full:
“As Muslim faithful continue their fasting and supplications to Allah in this Holy month of Ramadan, I express my gratitude to the Lagos State House of Assembly for their decision to organise a special tawaf (circumambulation of Holy Kaabah) and prayer session for me today (Thursday) in Mecca.
“I’m most honoured by this gesture purposed to be in furtherance of similar prayers seeking God’s blessings for my aspiration to lead our country from 2023.
“However, while thanking Speaker Mudasiru Obasa and all members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for this important decision, I enjoin the Speaker and his colleagues to go beyond my ambition and pray for Nigeria as well.
“I urge them to intercede on behalf of the nation and beseech Almighty Allah for an end to the challenges besieging our country.
“I urge them to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration in their efforts to surmount these challenges.
“Pray to Almighty Allah to touch the hearts of bandits and criminal elements in our country so they toe the path of goodness in this blessed month.
“I also enjoin everyone organising or holding similar prayers either for themselves or for some particular causes to also remember to pray for our country in this sacred month.”