Except if the situation isn’t like last year’s, commuting in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on Nov 9 would be nightmarish because of the national Maulud procession of the members of Tijjaniyya sect which has been slated for the day.
When the same procession held in the territory last year, people could not commute on the roads in the city centre and the satellite towns, because of the sheer number of people who came in l for the Islamic religious rite.
Most people who dared to commute battled a grinding gridlock that lasted for almost 48 hours.
Anytime the sect is holding a national procession, which is usually the commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, people converge from across Africa and even beyond.
The date of this year’s was announced Wednesday by the National Secretary of the sect, Sheikh Muhammad Al-Qasim, in a chat with newsmen.
However, to avoid the sort of gridlock that was witnessed in 2018, the secretary called on the sect followers to observe the day with utmost decorum and be law abiding during the procession.
He advised the followers not to hold processions in states where there has been a ban on any kind of procession due to security concerns.
He stressed that the sect celebrates the Maulud every year because ”Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a blessing to every Muslim and humanity in general.”
According to him, other Muslims criticising the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday were uninformed and misled.