President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday went religious in the search for solutions to the insecurity ravaging the nation with a call on Nigerians to pray for an end to banditry, kidnapping, and desperate quest for power.
Buhari, in a message he personally signed to celebrate Eid-el Fitr, entreated Nigerians to shun the temptation to retreat into their communities.
Similar messages from former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan; National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu; and a former President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, additionally tasked Nigerians on the need for righteousness and prayers for the country to overcome its problems.
Buhari implored the citizenry to pray against kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political position expressed through blackmail against the existence of Nigeria as a united entity.
“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion,” he said.
While sending his best wishes to all Nigerians and Muslims across the globe as they mark the Eid Al Fitr the president said:
“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims, and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our nation is faced with multiple challenges, which are surmountable only when we come together as one.
“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.”
According to him, it is noteworthy and delightful to see Christians breaking quickly and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during Ramadan.
“This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities.
These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness,” he said.
Buhari also entreated Nigerians to continue to follow all COVID-19 prevention measures and rejoice responsibly throughout the holidays.
Lawan felicitated with the Muslim clerics in Nigeria on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, saying: “Every true Muslim feels joy at participating in the Ramadan fast, which is a key obligation in Islam. May Almighty Allah, therefore, reward us for the spiritual voyage and grant our earnest desires for ourselves, families, and dear country.”
Tinubu also joined Muslims in marking the completion of the Ramadan fast.
He said: “Now that the holy month of Ramadan is ending, we must counsel ourselves not to forget its great lessons. We must be better than we were before. We must treat each other with greater compassion and understanding.
“We must build a better society free from want, violence, and hatred. We must in no way condone and tolerate the works and words of those who would do evil or who would pit brother against brother, Nigerian against Nigerian.