“Before the 2019 general elections, prophets of doom didn’t give the country a chance to conduct peaceful elections. Despite these fears, the country overcame its political challenges.
The President, in his message to Nigerians to mark the end of Muslim Ramadan Ramadan Fasting and Eid-el-Fitr celebration which begins tomorrow, June 4, also commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for a good job despite the initial difficulties and praised the voters for their tenacity and strong faith in the democratic process.
“For abandoning their businesses in order to vote, the voters had demonstrated great patriotism in coming out to exercise their civic duty.
“Let me use this opportunity once again to reassure all Nigerians that your sacrifices in voting for me won’t be in vain. I will ensure the ordinary voters feel the positive impact of government.”
On the lessons of the Ramadan, President Buhari advised Muslims to always put humanity before personal interests.
“The Ramadan period is meant to reinforce us spiritually, therefore, we should use religion as an inspiration to do good at all times.
“The virtues of the Ramadan should be sustained beyond the celebration. Going back to bad ways after the Ramadan might defeat the essence of the message and lessons the fasting period was supposed to inculcate in the hearts and minds of the Muslim faithful.”
President Buhari also used the occasion to commiserate with victims of terrorism, kidnapping and banditry in the country.
He reassured Nigerians that under no circumstances would criminals and mass murderers be allowed to hold the country to ransom, saying ‘‘their days are numbered because this administration will pursue them relentlessly and bring them to justice.”
This was even as the defeated Presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar asked Nigerians to face what he called “sober truth that our country faces a bleak harvest because farmers in our food basket regions cannot go to farms due to the spiralling insecurity in those geopolitical zones.”
In his Sallah message, Atiku described the piety that Muslims have just built up, after a month of fasting, as capable of putting them in a unique position to make the personal and group sacrifices that will usher in justice, unity, peace and prosperity “back in our land, if we remember that Ramadan is a process, not an event.”
He quoted Qur’an as says “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both.”
Atiku recommended the Chapter to the 29 newly sworn in governors and to those who God has placed in leadership positions in the three arms of government at all levels.
“We must do justice here on earth, because we expect God to do justice to us when we meet with our Maker.”