President Mohammadu Buhari has urged Muslims to tolerate one another and also promote harmony.
The president made this remark in a Sallah message to Muslims through his Special Assistant on media and publicity Garba Shehu. He urged Muslims to use the occasion for sober reflection and self-examination.
“They should also be good ambassadors of their religion by upholding high moral values, Buhari stressed”.
“This felicitous occasion of Eid-ul-Adha is a remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim Allaihis-Salaam to Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another. And when it comes to nation-building, we must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the president said.
He noted that religion was a major factor in influencing human behaviour towards good conduct, regretting how selfishness and greed have pushed people to abandon their beliefs. Reiterating his campaign against corruption, he said the mission was “a task that must be done to protect the larger interests of ordinary Nigerians, who are the worst victims of diseases, poverty, malnutrition and other afflictions.
“Even if some people hate you for fighting corruption, you should not chicken out from the task as a leader because doing so is a betrayal of public trust,” Buhari reassured Nigerians that the country’s economic problems would soon be history because of his administration’s unwavering commitment to people’s welfare. He backed up the pledge by citing the Social Investment Programme (SIP) and the government’s decision to distribute stolen funds to the poor.