Maulud: Tijjaniyya celebrants lock down FCT
Written by Abdulmumeen Uthman on April 15, 2018
The Central Area and linking districts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were for two days locked down by adherents of the Tijjaniyya order who were celebrating the anniversary of the leader of the sect, Sheikh Ibrahim Nyass.
While the celebrants from across the country and over 16 countries in Africa and Europe started arriving the FCT on Thursday, the lock-down commenced on Friday and for most part of yesterday evening with residents and motorists having hectic time to reach their destinations.
The event was organised by the Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi Foundation.
The processions in their thousands later moved to the Abuja National Mosque same Thursday evening with the security officials of the mosque having a tough time controlling the crowd and vehicles in and around the mosque complex.
The procession, it was reliably gathered was directed by their leaders to march to the Eagle Square.
The return journey was more hectic and our reporter counted five different accidents involving the celebrants based on the stickers on their vehicles.
While reporters on Sunday observed minor injuries among occupants of the cars, no one was however killed despite the degree of damage of the vehicles, especially the one in Wuse II area of the FCT.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the foundation, Sheikh Ibrahim Dahiru Usman Bauchi urged Muslims to be their brother’s keeper and obey the laws of the land in the interest of peace and national development.
“Muslim must continuously seek forgiveness from Allah and work for the good of the nation. Nigerians should be prayerful in order to overcome the challenges facing the nation and we should also pray for the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed,” the renowned Muslim scholar said.
He also tasked Muslims on the significance of practicing Islam according to the teachings of the Qur’an and traditions of Prophet Muhammad as shown by the companions of the Prophet.
Also speaking the Chief Imam of Markaz Faidal Islamic Foundation, Suleja Niger State, Shiek Abubakar Musa Kwamba, said the event was also in commemoration of the birthday of leader of the Tijanniya sect Sheik Ibrahim Nyass.
He said the delegations across the world that graced the occasion show the importance of the maulud celebration and the place of Nigeria in the world.
Dignitaries at the event include the Grand Khalifa of Tijjaniyya order worldwide and son of late Sheik Ibrahim Nyass, Sheikh Ahmad Tijjanni Nyass from Senegal, Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, representatives of Nasarawa and Niger states governors, representative of Sultan of Sokoto, a former House of Representatives Speaker Ghali Umar Na’aba, among others.
Some of the countries whose entourage attended the event were Morocco, Senegal Tanzania, Egypt, Libya, Britain, Germany and some European countries.
Meanwhile, residents of the FCT lamented the lock-down of the territory over the event.
A motorist who simply identified herself as Laban, said the security personnel should have assisted on managing the traffic situation.
Others, however, commended the Tijjaniyya adherents for their peaceful conduct during the event.