Eid-el-Kabir: President Buhari greets Muslims, urges patience as govt addresses hardships

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President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari has sent Eid greetings as Muslims mark the Eid-el-Adha festival across the world.

In his message, the President restates the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.

He indulged the citizens to bear with his government in addressing the various hardships being witnessed in the country.

“COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economies of all countries, including Nigeria, in addition to the fact that floods have caused large scale destruction to agricultural farmlands, thereby impacting negatively on our efforts to boost local production in line with our policy to drastically reduce food importation,” the Nigerian leader said, arguing that it has led to food inflation which the government is working hard to address.

The President also urged against hiking the prices of foods and other products during the festive period, noting it is inconsistent with the fine virtues of Islam.

He enjoined Muslim to demonstrate the good virtues of Islam through personal examples and practices

“Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with fine virtues of Islam.

“As practising believers, we shouldn’t seek obscene profits by making life difficult and miserable for others. We should not seek happiness at the expense of others. Remember that Islam is a religion of charity that urges us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.”

Speaking on the state of insecurity in the country, Buhari said, “Let me also use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we are taking measures to address our security challenges. We have started taking delivery of fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment and hardware to improve the capacity of our security forces to confront terrorism and banditry.”

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