By Egena Sunday Ode
President Muhammadu Buhari on at the weekend paid tribute to the patriotic martyrs of the civil war whose glorious sacrifices enabled the unity of Nigeria.
Speaking at an event to welcome the World leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Religious Movement, Sheikh Muhammadul Mahy Niass, the Grand Khalifa of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, President Buhari thanked the Movement for their profuse prayers for an end to the war and the reunification of Nigeria.
According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari recalled that in the 30 months of the civil war, Nigerians on both sides lost numerous lives and prayed that never again shall the country experience such.
He welcomed the Grand Khalifa to Nigeria and commended their efforts in finding solutions to the problems of security in the country, the statement said.
President Buhari described the visit of the spiritual leader as historical while commending the sect for its peaceful conduct in carrying out its activities, the statement also noted
The leader of the Tijjaniyya in Nigeria, Sheikh Dahiru Usman described the sect as the largest with 70 million followers across the globe and prayed for continued peace and blessings for the country.
Sheikh Niass said he had come to formally introduce himself as the new leader to the Government and people of Nigeria.
He prayed for peace, unity and the greatness of Nigeria, according to the statement.