President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday paid tribute to the patriotic martyrs of the Nigerian civil war which lasted 30 months.
The Nigerian leader noted that their glorious sacrifices enabled the unity of this great nation.
In a statement by spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari said Nigerians on both sides lost numerous lives and prayed that “never again shall the country experience such”.
The President spoke at an event to welcome the World leader of the Tijjaniyya Islamic Religious Movement, Sheikh Muhammadu Mahy Niass, the Grand Khalifa of Sheikh Ibrahim Niass.
Buhari thanked the Movement for their prayers for an end to the war and the reunification of Nigeria.
He welcomed the Grand Khalifa to Nigeria and commended their efforts in finding solutions to the problems of security in the country.
Buhari described the visit of the spiritual leader as historical while commending the sect for its peaceful conduct in carrying out its activities.
Tijjaniyya leader in Nigeria, Sheikh Dahiru Usman described the sect as the largest with 70 million followers across the globe.
Sheikh Niass said he had come to formally introduce himself as the new leader to the Government and people of Nigeria.