President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked people in leadership positions at various levels to be considerate of the plight of the people they lead.
He said this while receiving delegates of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) personnel on Sallah homage, led by the Permanent Secretary of the FCT, Mr Chris Oha.
Addressing the delegates, the President said: “You are all leaders at various levels here. What we expect and appeal to you is to keep straight faces all the time so that those working under you will have the impression that the government is doing wonderfully well. If you breakdown and complain in front of them the impact will reverberate all over.”
President Buhari lauded the efforts the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, whom he said is doing a good job for the country.
“I want to appreciate the number two man of the country, the Vice President because he knows what we are going through and he is working very hard and very quietly. I am very pleased working with such a competent lawyer with vast experience and I am exploiting his very powerful constituency through him to see us through,” he said.
President Buhari used the opportunity to plead for more understanding from Nigerians, as he appreciated his supporters that kept faith with him when he had three failed attempts at democratically occupying the number one seat in the country.
“I thank you very much for those of you who suffered very much to support me. And I congratulate you for being happy that I made it and I assure you that I will continue to do my best in spite of the toughness of my neighbours,” the President stated.
On his part, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo thanked God for sustaining the life of President Buhari as he congratulated the Muslim community for successfully observing the holy month of Ramadan.
He said: “First let me congratulate you on this very solemn occasion that marks the end of the Ramadan.
I want to say that God almighty has been extremely good to you and to our government. I recall about two years ago when I had to host this particular event because you were away on medical leave at the time.
“But God has been so good, not only did he bring you back healthier than when you left, but has also been gracious enough for you to have a second opportunity to lead our great country. I thank the almighty God for you and for all of us who have been a part of your government and who have been a part of what God has done in our midst.
“The period of the fast is always a very good time because first of all usually all of my friends who are usually very badly behave, behave themselves much better. I pray and hope that the good behaviour that they maintain during the fast will continue even for the next four years and beyond because I think we all need that.”
Professor Osinbajo, who was optimistic that Nigeria would soon be a great nation, cautioned leaders to beware of divisive tendencies.
“I believe that our country is at the threshold of the breakthrough that we have been praying for and hoping for all these years. And this is why many challenges are going on. Challenges around security, religion, people who are stoking up ambers of lagoon, religious grievance and ethnic divisions and all that.
“So I want to urge all our leaders here that we must not allow the rhetoric of religion to supersede the rhetoric of unity. We must also speak up; we must seek ways that will unite our country.
“We cannot keep quiet because there are so many negative statements being made every day and sometimes we ignore those statements and say these are people who have no understanding. But if we allow these negative statements to continue, they will tarnish the image of our country,” he advised.
Osinbajo commended President Buhari for the great leadership he has shown in the past four years, adding that “I pray that God almighty will help you and strengthen you, give you the grace and understanding and empower you even more to be able to do the things you desire in your heart to do make this country really great.”
The FCT delegation presented two giant Sallah cards to President Buhari, in commemoration of the Eid el Fitr festival
President Muhammadu Buahri had joined other worshipers to observe the two Raqua’at prayers at Mambilla Barracks Eid praying ground in Abuja, to mark this year’s Eid-el Fitr, as it is customary with end of the holy month of Ramadan.