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I’m Aware Of What Nigerians Are Going Through— Buhari

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 4:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

…Calls For International Support To End Niger Delta Crisis


Innocent Oweh

ABUJA – As the holy month of Ramadan climaxes with the Eid-el-Fitr celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari has told Nigerians that he is not oblivious of their challenges even as they grapple to survive the economic hardship.

According to the president, Nigerians deserve commendations for the sacrifices they are making in the face of socio-economic challenges currently bedeviling the country.

He, however, assured that given the support already extended to the government, Nigerians should expect better days ahead.

Buhari gave these assurances in his Eid-el-Fitr message, he personally signed and addressed to Nigerians on Tuesday in Abuja, where he reiterated Federal Government’s stance on anti-corruption programme.

He said appropriate and legal measures would be deplored to root out the malaise of corruption in the country.

“I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast.

“I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through.

“I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

“Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal measures are deplored to root out this malaise”.

He described efforts by the armed forces and other security agencies in degrading the Boko Haram sect as an unprecedented feat, a development, he noted, had helped in rescue of several hostages in the North East part of the country.

“I commend the armed forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North East part of the country.

“I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.

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

“I also congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and alms giving in obedience to the Divine Command.

“I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.

“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.

“Happy Eid-el-Fitr celebration and may the Almighty Allah continue to bless our nation, Eid Mubarak,” the president said in his Eid-el-Fitr message.