16th September, 2011
The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed on Friday led thousands of Muslim faithful in the capital city in a special Jumat session to pray for the repose of the souls of the victims of the United Nations bomb blast.
The special Jumat prayer was also attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji SaÃ¡d Abubakar III, some members of the Federal Executive Council as well as the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mallam SanusiÂ Lamido Sanusi.
After the prayer session, Senator Bala admonished Muslims and residents of the Federal Capital Territory to abhor violence and love one another.
The minister also called for peaceful co-existence amongst all the ethnic groups residing in Abuja irrespective of religious or political inclination.
He noted that Abuja belongs to all Nigerians and urged residents to live in peace with one another.
The minister insisted that it is only in a peaceful environment that the desired development of the nation can be achieved.
In his sermon during the prayer session, the Chief Imam of the National Mosque, Ustaz Musa Muhammad advised Muslims to live an exemplary lives worthy of emulation; stressing that Muslims ought to be good ambassadors of the religion of Islam.
He maintained that anything contrary to the teaching of the Holy Quran and practice of the Holy prophet is not acceptable and prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims of bomb blast.
The Special Friday Jumat session was also attended by thousands of Muslims across the Federal Capital Territory at the National Mosque, Central Business District, Abuja.