Residents of Dutse and environs in Jigawa State yesterday stormed the Eid praying ground in the state capital to offer special prayers for rain.
The action is due to the absence of rainfall in most parts of the state, especially in the three months, as a result of which bumper harvest is being threatened.
The Emir of Dutse, Dr. Nuhu Muhammad Sanusi, who was present at the prayer ground, led some high-ranking members of the Dutse Emirate Council such as the Galadiman Dutse, Alhaji Basiru Muhammad Sanusi; the Chairman of Dutse Local Government Council, Bala Usman Chamo and other top dignitaries to the two rak’at prayers led by the Chief Imam of the Dutse Central Mosque, Dr. Abubakar Sani Birnin Kudu.
In their separate remarks after the prayers, the monarch and the cleric were united in calling on all to mend their ways and go back to Allah in true repentance, noting that this is the only way humans can receive the blessing of Allah – through abundant rainfall and other forms of blessings.
The monarch said, “This is not new; whenever there is a possible threat of drought, we are enjoined by Allah SWT through His Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) to go back to Him, and seek for His guidance and forgiveness and this is what we have done today. We are seeking for Allah’s mercy and guidance and we hope this prayer will be answered by Allah SWT and will grant us not only rain, but bless our crops and animals.
The Chief Imam blamed the high level of corruption and other social vices, which have permeated all the fabric of the Nigerian society as the major factor responsible for some of the calamities befalling human race, adding that the earlier people mended their ways, the better.