Eid-el-Fitr; President Buhari preaches peace

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the importance of putting the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season.

He sated this in his Sallah (Eid-el-Fitr) message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period.

While congratulating Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice”, the President urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.

According to the President, “Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives,” adding that “if people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society.”

He regretted, however, that selfishness and greed have overcome people’s conscience so much that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed.

“It is impossible to separate morality from religion, and removing this connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society,” he said.

“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others”, the President added.

He also urged ordinary Nigerians to stop glorifying thieves by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.

Inflammatory Utterances
President Buhari enjoined religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that endanger peace or promote conflicts.

The President also appealed to fellow citizens to forgive one another and embrace peace.

In this respect, President Buhari lauded the families of recipients of national honours for showing good examples to Nigerians and urged other country men and women to copy their good examples.

He thanked Nigerians for their patience and gave the assurance that their sacrifices would not be in vain; adding that reforming a country that was pushed into near decay on account of corruption comes with teething pains.

He said the pains would be a temporary one as he noted that the APC administration was indebted to the plight of ordinary Nigerians leaving no stone unturned to make their security, welfare and happiness a priority.

Lateefah Ibrahim