President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday led dignitaries to attend a special Juma’at service in commemoration of the nation’s 57th Independence Anniversary.

The service was held inside a mosque located near the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari was joined at the prayer session by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; and former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, among others.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar Sadique; Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; and Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, also attended the service.

Others in attendance were the Minister of the Interior, Abdurahman Danbazzau; Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu; and some other senior officials in the presidency.

Saraki later told State House correspondents that the nation had achieved a lot in the 57 years of its independence.

He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the country.

“A lot of people would ask: what are we congratulating ourselves about? We have achieved a lot. We have been able to maintain our peace despite our diversity.

“Every nation has been tested; the most important thing now is for us to stay together. We shouldn’t lose hope. We should continue to pray for the unity of Nigeria,” he said.

While Sambo left the Presidential Villa immediately after the service, Saraki proceeded to the President’s official residence.

Buhari is expected to deliver a nationwide broadcast on Sunday as part of activities marking the independence anniversary.

An interdenominational church service will also hold on the same day at the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to lead top government officials to the service.

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