President Muhammadu Buhari and President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, have called on Nigerians to pray for the nation to overcome the myriad of problems facing it.
In their separate messages yesterday to celebrate Eid-al-Fitri, marking the end of Ramadan fasting, the two leaders said this is the best time for Nigerians to remember the country in prayers for it to remain as one indivisible country.
In a goodwill message contained in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, the president urged all Nigerians to seize the opportunity to pray against all forms of insecurity that is currently bedeviling the country, also calling for continued observation of the COVID-19 prevention protocols, urging citizens not to be carried away with celebrations.
He said: “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. 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.”
According to the president, it is noteworthy and delightful to see Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during Ramadan.
“This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness,” he said.
On his part, the Senate President, Lawan said: “Every true Muslim feels joy at participating in the Ramadan fast, which is a key obligation in Islam. May Almighty Allah, therefore, reward us for the spiritual voyage and grant our earnest wishes for ourselves, families and dear country.”
According to him, due to the current security and economic challenges, Nigeria needs the prayers of every patriot now more than ever before to achieve the peace, unity and progress that were the dreams of the founding fathers.
Also calling for prayers and unity were former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, immediate past senate president, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and a presidential candidate in the 2019 general election, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim.