Better days ahead – Buhari
Dogara, govs, others urge understanding
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.