In an effort to halt the spread of the Covid-19, the Etsu Nupe, Dr Yahaya Abubakar, has directed religious leaders in his domain to intensify prayers seeking for God’s forgiveness.
Dr. Abubakar who is the Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers gave the directive at his palace in Bida, Niger state, when he addressed a cross section of Imams and other religious leaders from across the emirate on Wednesday.
“I have 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,” he noted.
The royal father insisted that prayers are the most potent weapons to use in terms of any hardship including the current Covid-19 pandemic.
“I have directed the Chief Imam of the emirate, Ustaz Liman Yakatun to share the special offering of 165 million Istigfar to all the Imams and Islamic scholars in the entire emirate,” he stressed.
Calamities including the COVID 19 the world is currently battling with, according to him, are predestined by the Almighty Allah.
“Therefore, whenever calamity befalls any society or community, they should hasten to return to God for Him to have mercy on them
“As pious and faithful servants of God, we are strongly optimistic that He will accept our prayers and shower his blessings and protections on all of us while He will also Insha Allah, halt the pandemic,” said the royal father.