President Goodluck Jonathan has made it clear that Nigeria would have by now been thrown into turmoil if the insurgents had succeeded in killing General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi in the recent Kaduna twin bomb attacks.
The President who received in audience today, Muslims in Abuja that paid him Sallah homage in the Presidential Villa, Abuja said it was by the grace of God that such calamity was averted.
“If General Muhammadu Buhari and Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi had been killed in the Kaduna twin bomb attacks, we wonder what would have happened. Of course, we wouldn’t have gathered here to celebrate Eid-el-Fitri. This country would have been in turmoil now. We thank God for steering away this calamity that would have befallen this country.”
President Jonathan described General Buhari as a leading political figure in Nigeria with massive followership, apart from being the former Nigeria’s Head of State.
He also described Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi as a respected and responsible Islamic scholar that has been preaching peace and unity in the country.
Jonathan stressed the need for all Nigerians to rally round and defeat what he called the evil ones masquerading in the garb of religion.
The President called on the religious leaders in the country to continue to preach peace for the followers, away from the messages of hate on religious and ethnic grounds.
He described the Sallah homage by Muslims as a honour for him and his immediate family, even as his Principally Secretary, Alhaji Hassan Tukur disclosed that the President followed Muslims to fast for the 29 days it lasted.
Tukur said that President Jonathan also hosted different Islamic and religious leaders to the breaking of fast in the Villa at different times.
The Muslims in Abuja were led to pay Sallah homage on the President by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, along with the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed. [myad]