President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a message to Nigerians as they celebrate the year’s Eid el-kabir’s festival declaring that things were hard, his government was however working towards making the situation better.
This was contained in a statement issued by Garba Shehu who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
He urged all Muslims to live in peace with their Christian counterparts and to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.
“Fellow Compatriots, as you celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, I salute your steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times the country is going through. The lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters; you have exhibited these in equal measure.
“The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today. I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through.
“Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women’s empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people. We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God.
“ Boko Haram attacks Muslims going to celebrate Eid el-Kabir I enjoin Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation. I wish everyone happy holidays”, he added.
Meanwhile, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Samson Ayokunle, has called on Nigerians to share love not hatred as the Muslim faithful joint the rest of the world to celebrate Eid-el Kabir this year. CAN President, Rev Ayokunle
In a statement issued in Abuja, the CAN President while felicitating with the Muslim community prayed that “the joy of the celebration shall endure for you all. May the spirit of the season enlarge your capacity to treasure our relationships and secure for us all a prosperous, safe and more secured Nigeria founded on love and sacrifice?”
“Though we are in a trying time economically in Nigeria, you must all have the trust that the same God that provided a ram for Abraham in the barren desert is going to provide for you and meet all your needs, not only in the time of this celebration but beyond. If you cannot afford to celebrate with what you desire this year, trust God that next year would be better.
“Let us seize this opportunity to pray for peace, unity and progress of our Fatherland, President Buhari and the government of the day to be able to lead us to better days ahead.
“We should also seize the opportunity to share the love of God with one another and be at peace with one another.
“May a better Nigeria where things work well as we have in the developed nations be experienced by all of us?”