Bet­ter days ahead – Buhari

Dog­ara, govs, oth­ers urge un­der­stand­ing

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has said he is much aware of the cur­rent so­cio-eco­nomic chal­lenges, and as­sured Nige­ri­ans of bet­ter days ahead.

The pres­i­dent, in his Eid el-fitr mes­sage to the na­tion yes­ter­day, com­mended “the amaz­ing sac­ri­fices of Nige­ri­ans in the face of the tem­po­rary eco­nomic and so­cial chal­lenges.”

He said: “I prom­ise you all bet­ter days ahead even as we re­main grate­ful for your un­flinch­ing sup­port to our ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

The pres­i­dent re­as­sured the cit­i­zens that his gov­ern­ment was work­ing as­sid­u­ously to pro­vide the ba­sic needs and ameni­ties.

He also reaf­firmed that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would not re­lent in the fight against cor­rup­tion but would de­ploy all ap­pro­pri­ate and le­gal mea­sures to root out the malaise.

Buhari com­mended the armed forces and other se­cu­rity agen­cies for the gains recorded in the fight against ter­ror­ism and the res­cue of hostages in the North-east.

He ap­pealed for the sup­port, un­der­stand­ing and pa­tience of all Nige­ri­ans and in­ter­na­tional part­ners as his gov­ern­ment ex­plores the fastest means to end the eco­nomic sab­o­tage in the Niger Delta and am­i­ca­bly re­solve the con­flicts within the re­gion.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing Mus­lims on the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this year’s Ra­madan, he prayed that Almighty Al­lah re­ward their sac­ri­fices with in­creased bless­ing and a more pros­per­ous fu­ture.

He said: “On this happy oc­ca­sion, it is my strong be­lief that all true fol­low­ers of Is­lam have been re­ju­ve­nated on the true mean­ing and essence of life and through the teach­ings of Prophet Muham­mad (SAW), we have learnt to im­bibe the virtues of piety, sac­ri­fice, love, self-de­nial and good con­duct in our daily re­la­tion­ship with one an­other.

“As we cel­e­brate an­other Eid el-Fitr, I ad­mon­ish all pa­tri­otic Nige­ri­ans to up­hold these lessons and also ap­pre­ci­ate the nu­mer­ous ma­te­rial and hu­man bless­ings God has en­dowed us with. Let us learn to show grat­i­tude, re­spect and tol­er­ance to one other, ir­re­spec­tive of our re­li­gion, tribe, lan­guage and po­lit­i­cal lean­ings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and op­por­tu­ni­ties to make Nige­ria great again.”

The pres­i­dent ap­pealed to wealthy Nige­ri­ans to re­mem­ber the mil­lions of cit­i­zens suf­fer­ing de­pri­va­tion be­cause of vi­o­lence per­pe­trated by ter­ror­ists.

He re­called mak­ing a sim­i­lar ap­peal at the State House in Abuja on Mon­day when he hosted an If­tar re­cep­tion for Nige­ri­ans of dif­fer­ent back­grounds, in­clud­ing In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons (IDPs), ar­ti­sans and Phys­i­cally-chal­lenged per­sons.

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