In the spirit of the 2017 Eid-el-Fitr Sallah celebrations, Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo has assured Nigerians that the Muhammadu Buhari administration would do everything to ensure unity among citizens of the country, while also praying for the President’s quick recovery and safe return to Nigeria.
Prof Osinbajo made this known at his official residence, also known as Aguda House, on Sunday, June 25, 2017, when he received the Muslim community in Abuja and environs who paid him Sallah homage.
Stressing that only unity among the people would guarantee development and enhance the welfare of citizens, the Acting President said:
“Our unity is not negotiable. We should make sure that we remain united in order to enjoy the resources God has blessed Nigeria with. So many nations envy what we have as a nation.
“Your ethnicity doesn’t matter and that is why for us, unity is so important that we must work together to make sure that our country is able to take care of the millions of people we govern.
“God expects us to take care of the poor and those suffering, to ensure that we use government resources only in such a way that will be for the good of the majority of our people.”
He, therefore, charged all Nigerians to look beyond their ethnic or religious beliefs while dealing with each other in order to move the nation forward.
The Acting President also prayed for President Buhari’s quick recovery and return to Nigeria, maintaining that the president still has a lot to do for Nigeria.
“We are praying every day and we know that the Lord God Almighty who we serve will bring our president back in good health and that he will serve this nation with the same determination and the same spirit of oneness, the same spirit that he has always served this nation with from when he was a young man.
“He will serve this nation and complete the period of his service in good health, in good shape and our country will be the better for it,” Osinbajo said.
The delegation of Muslim faithful was led by the minister of the federal capital territory (FCT), Muhammed Bello and the director-general of the Department of State Service (DSS) Lawal Daura.
Some other dignitaries who were part of the delegation include; acting Imam of the Abuja national mosque; Mohammed Adamu, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), FCT chapter; Samson Jonah, chief justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, and some members of the national assembly and cabinet ministers.
In the same vein, wife of the President, Aisha Buhari in her Sallah message, has expressed appreciation to Nigerians for all their prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari and the country in general.
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While calling on all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, compassion and unity as basic lessons of Ramadan, Aisha Buhari said:
“On this occasion of Eid el Fitr celebration, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, I felicitate with Nigerians and the Muslim Ummah over this opportunity to get closer to Allah (SWT).
“I also thank Nigerians for all their prayers for our dear country and the President and call on all to imbibe the spirit of love, compassion and unity as basic lessons of Ramadan.
“I appeal to all to sho a true sense of patriotism for national cohesion to ensure that Nigeria attains the greatness for which it was destined.”