In the spirit of celebration following the completion of the Ramadan fast, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the multiple challenges facing Nigeria are surmountable only when citizens come together as one.
According to the statement, “Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.”
The statement read further that, “It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.”
It added that, “We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.
“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”
According to reports, Buhari said it was satisfying to see Christians breaking fast and, in some cases, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan fast.
The President also noted that, “This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness.”