President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Muslims to put their good virtues into practice and make justice and righteousness the guiding principle of their everyday life.
This advice comes as Muslims prepare for the celebration of Eid el Adha.
In his Eid el-Adha (Sallah) message to Muslims in the country, President Buhari said: “we should be the mirror through which others see the good virtues of our faith.’’
He said Islam is a religion of peace and as such, violent extremist ideas should be avoided.
“Violent extremism is the greatest challenge facing Islam today and the only way we can neutralise its evil influence is to distance ourselves from the activities and teachings of those who preach indiscriminate violence against innocent people. And this flies in the face of the teachings of Islam,’’ President Buhari stated.
He advised parents to protect their children from the deadly exposure to violent extremists who manipulate and exploit those children for their own evil agenda.
President Buhari noted that “boko haram became a deadly force and a major security scourge because Muslim societies were indifferent from the beginning to the activities of extremist preachers who manipulate innocent and gullible followers.
“Extremism is like a cancer, which must be detected and destroyed from its early stages of growth,” he said.
The President, however, assured Nigerians that the boko haram terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of banditry would be dealt with uncompromisingly.
The President explained that the boko haram militants have been so militarily weakened and scattered by our Armed Forces that they are no longer in a position to occupy any part of Nigeria, let alone hoist their flag and impose their reign of terror longer than 24 hours.
“As our armed forces get more equipped and trained, in addition to being more motivated and reinvigorated, this administration is relentlessly committed to protecting Nigerians no matter what it takes to bring a permanent end to this evil,’’ the President further assured Nigerians.
He advised Muslims to be tolerant and continue to work for peace, unity, national integration, and peaceful coexistence.
The President’s Sallah message was issued on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.