President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the demise of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, Grand Khalifa (leader) of Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa.
According to Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the President in a condolence message to President Macky Sall, government and people of Senegal as well as millions of members of the sect in Nigeria, said: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.
“Sheikh Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father. He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria.”
Shehu said the President recalled that June, 2018, Sheikh Ahmed Niass visited the State House, Abuja, accompanied by some eminent Nigerians including President of BUA Group of Companies, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabi’u.
He said President Buhari prays “for the eternal repose of his departed soul.”