President Buhari calls for unity in Sallah message to Nigerians

– President Muhammadu Buhari expresses gratitude to Nigerians for praying for his recovery prior to his return from the UK

– The president appeals to Nigerians to strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity to keep the country together

 – Buhari says his administration will continue work relentlessly to ensure that Nigeria becomes the dream country of every citizen

President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslims faithful on the Eid-El- celebrations. The president in a statement on Thursday, August 31, by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, extended the Sallah message to Muslims who are currently in Saudi Arabia to participate in the rites of the Hajj.

Buhari also expressed gratitude to Nigerians for praying for his recovery prior to his return from the UK where he had been on treatment. He said: “From the outset, I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians who prayed for my recovery and have continued to extend their goodwill and support after my return to the country. 

Indeed your fervent and sincere prayers, which cut across religion, political and ethnic divides, has energized me to re-dedicate myself and this administration to the task of building a great Nigeria.” 

The president appealed to Nigerians to strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity to keep the country together. He expressed the belief that the country can make progress if all emulate Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim who displayed obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority. He said: “We must learn to see ourselves as brothers and sisters from the same heritage, who must come to terms with the African proverb that ‘‘a family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.’’ 


Buhari said his administration will continue work relentlessly to ensure that Nigeria becomes the dream country of every citizen. “Once again, I assure you that this administration, which has made the security, economic well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians its priority, will not rest on its oars until we see the Nigeria of our dream. I wish everyone happy Sallah celebrations,” he said. Read Buhari’s full message below:

SALLAH MESSAGE TO NIGERIANS BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI

Fellow Compatriots,
I felicitate with you all, particularly the Muslim faithful, on the celebration of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.
I congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters who are currently in Saudi Arabia to participate in the rites of the Hajj.

From the outset, I want to use this opportunity to thank all Nigerians who prayed for my recovery and have continued to extend their goodwill and support after my return to the country. 
Indeed your fervent and sincere prayers, which cut across religion, political and ethnic divides, has energized me to re-dedicate myself and this administration to the task of building a great Nigeria.

On the joyous occasion of this year’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration, I appeal to all Nigerians to rise against the odds, keep our prejudices aside and strengthen the bonds of friendship and unity to keep our country together.

For Muslims all over the world, this celebration is to commemorate the trials and triumph of Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim.

As we celebrate, I sincerely believe that our nation can make rapid progress on all fronts if we re-enact the exemplary virtues, typified by Prophet (Abraham) Ibrahim, through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity, and obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority.

We must learn to see ourselves as brothers and sisters from the same heritage, who must come to terms with the African proverb that ‘‘a family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.’’

Once again, I assure you that this administration, which has made the security, economic well-being and prosperity of all Nigerians its priority, will not rest on its oars until we see the Nigeria of our dream.
I wish everyone happy Sallah celebrations.
MUHAMMADU BUHARI
August 31, 2017

Source: NAIJ

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