Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has prayed to God to remove the evil ones from amongst Nigerians so that the country will enjoy peace, progress and development.
The Vice President who joined millions of other Muslims to observe lesser hajj (Umrah) at the Holy Kaaba in Makkah, Saudi Arabia today said: “We prayed for our nation’s peace, progress and development. We pray to Almighty Allah to remove all the evil that are within us so that the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President will succeed.”
Namadi Sambo offered the prayer shortly after the completion of circumbulating (Tawwaf) the Holy Ka’abah.
Amongst those that performed the pilgrimage alongside the Vice President were Nigeria’s ambassadors to Saudi Arabia Ambbassador Abubakar Bunu and the PDP National Organizing Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha.
The Umrah (Lesser Pilgrimage) is performed by Muslims from all over the world by converging at the Holy city of Makkah to observe the ritual. The ritual can be undertaken at any time of the year but preferred during the month of Ramadan.
The pilgrims perform a series of worship, the same way Prophet Ibrahim and his second wife Hajara did.
Pilgrims usually use the Umrah to pray to God mercy and forgiveness, as well as requesting Him to grant them earthly and heavenly wishes. [myad]