President Goodluck Jonathan has sent a message of felicitation to Nigerian Muslims on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitri, asking them to imbibe Ramadan’s spiritual lessons and the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty.
“I hope such spirit will remain with us all for the benefit and greater glory of our dear nation. The Holy Month permeate into us all, and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of their religion or places of origin; and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation.”
President Jonathan regretted that though the observance of the Holy Month was tainted in parts of the country with the continuing atrocities of extremists and terrorists in our midst, but urged all patriotic Nigerians to remain strong and resolute in defence of freedom, unity, law and order, peace, security and progress of the nation.
“I feel the pains and anguish of all our compatriots who have experienced the harrowing impact of terrorism unleashed on them by brainwashed and misguided agents of evil and disunity, but we must never throw up our hands in helplessness and despair as the terrorists and purveyors of anarchy want.”
He wanted Nigerians to remain unwaveringly committed to showing solidarity with the Armed Forces and security agencies by giving them the full support they require to prosecute the war against terrorism to a successful conclusion.
The President assured Nigerians that his government is totally committed to winning the war by eventually putting the scourge of terrorism and insecurity rapidly behind us to enable him give the fullest possible attention to the urgent task of improving the living conditions of Nigerians.
“We cannot and will not be deterred from our goal of positively transforming our nation into a strong, united, progressive, stable, secure and prosperous nation in which all citizens will live in peace in spite of our immense diversities.”
Jonathan prayed to God to continue to bless Nigeria even as he wished all the Muslims who have successfully undertaken this year’s Ramadan Fast abundant rewards from Allah. [myad]