President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, while congratulating the Muslim Ummah for the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, promised Nigerians better days ahead.
Buhari, in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians, also congratulated Muslims in Nigeria and those around the world on the successful completion of the spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the divine command.
He expressed the hope that all true followers of Islam had been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life.
The president also expressed optimism that through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, Muslim faithful had learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in their daily relationship with one another.
“As we celebrate another Eid- el-fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.
“Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities to make Nigeria great again.
“I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future,’’ he said.
Buhari recalled how the vice-president, the speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined him to host Iftar reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), artisans and Physically-challenged persons.
“Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.
“I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges.
“ I want to also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.’’
He reaffirmed the determination of his administration not to relent in the fight against corruption, saying that “we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise’’.
He commended the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North-East part of the country.
Buhari appealed for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and the nation’s international partners in exploring the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.
“I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our administration.
“Happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration and May the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation,’’ he said.