The Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has urged religious leaders to continue to pray for continued peace and unity in the country.
He made the call at the National Prayer session organised by the Tijjaniyya Brotherhood in Kano on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Prayer Session was held at the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.
He called on religious leaders to intensify prayers to enable the leaders to steer the leadership of the country in the right direction.
He observed that Islam was facing great challenges brought about by the lack of clear understanding of its tenets by a seeming vocal minority in its fold.
According to him, religious leaders and traditional rulers must intensify efforts to bring the real Islam into mainstream consciousness in order to clear misgivings about the activities of some it's youths.
Tambuwal said despite the security and other negative challenges facing the country, hope of a bright future for the country had not been lost.
"There are many challenges facing Muslim youths in the country today, but they have to remain steadfast so as not to deviate from the teachings of their religion at all times."
"Islam like other religions, encourages peaceful coexistence between all people, as such any attempt to undermine the peaceful atmosphere should be resisted by all and sundry," he said. (NAN).