Terrorists, bandits neutralised as Buhari joins prayer for peace, justice


President Muhammadu Buhari commenced the week under review on Monday by joining Muslim faithful at the State House Mosque to mark the commencement of the Ramadan Tafsir, the interpretation and explanation of the Qur’an.

The exercise is in line with Islam’s guiding principles and the intense devotional activities marking the Ramadan period.

The president joined the Muslim Ummah to pray for justice, peace, prosperity and enhanced welfare of the whole humanity, stressing the need for deepening of forgiveness, mercy and kindness to the poor.

The Chief Imam of the State House Mosque, Sheikh Abdulwahab Sulaiman, who presided over the Tafsir, condemned terrorists who had taken the religion of Islam as a cover to kill and loot the property of fellow citizens.

He prayed to Allah to avert the activities of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers as well as the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unforeseen hardships it brought to the country and global community.

There are reports that the prayers offered against the terrorists and bandits by the Muslim Ummah led by Suleiman had started yielding ‘fruitful results’ as many of the terrorists were neutralised by security agencies.

There are also reports that different video clips in which affected terrorists, bandits and kidnappers were apprehended by soldiers in Niger and Kaduna States, went viral òn the social media space on April 9.

One of the clips showed some of the terrorists/kidnappers that were repelled on Saturday night at Kakura village in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The president hosted the Executive Committee of Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) at the State House, Abuja on April 5.

Speaking at the event, Buhari attributed Nigeria’s rising prominence as Africa’s fertiliser powerhouse to the implementation of the right policies by the present administration.

‘‘With our over 70 blending plants operating, Nigeria is on its way to becoming Africa’s fertiliser powerhouse. And with our mega Urea production facilities, Nigeria is definitely a global player in the Urea space,’’ he said.

Buhari on April 6 presided over the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) where the council approved the issuance of provisional licences for the establishment of 12 private universities across the country.

The affected universities would be located in Kano, Niger, Gombe, Sokoto, Delta, Abia and Anambra States as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The council also approved N35 billion for various projects in the aviation sector.

The president also signed into law Executive Order 11 on national public buildings maintenance on Wednesday.

Buhari directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government to set up maintenance departments in line with the provisions of the new Executive Order.

According to him, the order gives legal backing to the country’s national maintenance policy, following its earlier approval by the FEC.

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