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Buhari calls for unity, solidarity against insecurity

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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to unite as one entity as his government steps up the fight against kidnaping and banditry across the federation.

  President Buhari made the call in his special message to Nigerians on the occasion of  2021 eid-el-fitr celebration by Muslims.

  A statement issued by President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the occasion as an opportunity for all Nigerians to close ranks in unity and solidarity against one enemy: criminality.

  “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love among all. 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.

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. 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,” the message reads in part.

  President Buhari also used the medium to commend Nigerians, from other religions, who showed solidarity to their Muslim brothers and sisters during the holy month.

  ‘It is noteworthy and delightful to see Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan. This model also shone through  Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness,” he said.

  However, Buhari also urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures especially during the holidays.

  Meanwhile, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sa’ad Abubakar III, has confirmed Muslims all over the world will mark eid-el-fitr today.

Muhammad said the directive had come after a special committee reported that many people sighted the new moon across the country to  mark the formal ending of Ramadan.

  A statement by Chairman of Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council, Prof. Sambo Wali Junaidu, said “His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has accepted our report and accordingly declared Thursday, May 13, 2021, as the first day of Shawal 1442AH, day of Eid-el-Fitri.”

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