– President Muhammadu Buhari sent a congratulatory message to Nigerians for the Eid-El-Kabir festival
– The president preached unity and urged the fostering of the Nigerian spirit
– He urged Muslims to live in peace with their Christian counterparts
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message to Nigerians as they celebrate the year’s Eid el-kabir’s festival.
In a statement issued by Garba Shehu who is the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, the president noted that although things were hard, his government was however working towards making the situation better.
He urged all Muslims to live in peace with their Christian counterparts and to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.
Read the full statement below:
Fellow Compatriots, as you celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, I salute your steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times the country is going through.
The lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure.
The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.
I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through. Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women’s empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.
We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God.
I enjoin Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.
I wish everyone happy holidays.