July 6, 2016

I promise you better days ahead, even as we remain grateful, Buhari tells Nigerians

I promise you better days ahead, even as we remain grateful, Buhari tells Nigerians

President Buhari

…asks the rich to help the poor
…says no going back on fight against corruption
…condoles with Saudi authorities on suicide bombing

By Levinus Nwabughiogu

ABUJA—President Mohammadu has, again, appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his government in the face of the harsh economic realities of the present time, assuring that there were better days ahead.

He also condemned the suicide bombing that occurred on Monday in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

The President said he was not oblivious of the hardship and hunger in the land and that Nigerians were having a tough period.

Making the observations in a congratulatory message to all Muslims faithful in Nigeria on the celebration of Eid El Fitr to mark the end of Ramadam fast, Buhari, however, appealed to the rich to show some kind and philanthropic gestures to the poor, especially to the victims of terrorism in the society.

The President in the message he personally signed, urged the people to show love and understanding to one another, irrespective of tribe, religion and political leanings.

 President Buhari

President Buhari

He said: “I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month-long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving 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.

“I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

“On Monday this week, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined me to host Iftar reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, artisans and Physically-challenged persons.

“Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.

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

President Buhari also said that he remained committed to the fight against corruption in Nigeria, emphasizing that every legal option would be employed to conquer the social vice.

He also commended the armed forces for their gallantry in the North East, even as he assured the world that steps were being taken to resolve the crisis in the Niger Delta.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the suicide bombing that occurred on Monday in Madinah, Saudi Arabia.

Condoling with Saudi authorities over the attack, President Buhari said the development was a desecration of all that was sacred and holy, as it took place near the Prophet Muhammad’s Mosque, and on one of the holy days of Ramadan.

“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,” he said.