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Eid-El-Fitr: Buhari commends Nigerians on Peaceful Elections, Urges Muslim Ummah on Religious Harmony


Eid-El-Fitr: Buhari commends Nigerians on Peaceful Elections, Urges Muslim Ummah on Religious Harmony

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed satisfaction at the conduct of peaceful elections in Nigeria, despite what he called “doomsday predictions of social disharmony.”

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity,
Malam Garba Shehu in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the President
made his feelings known in his Sallah message to Nigerians to celebrate
the end of the Ramadan fasting season.

President Buhari commended INEC for a good job despite the initial
difficulties and praised the voters for their tenacity and strong faith
in the democratic process.

“Before the 2019 general elections, prophets of doom didn’t give the
country a chance to conduct peaceful elections. Despite these fears, the
country overcame its political challenges.

“For abandoning their businesses in order to vote, the voters had
demonstrated great patriotism in coming out to exercise their civic

“Let me use this opportunity once again to reassure all Nigerians
that your sacrifices in voting for me won’t be in vain. I will ensure
the ordinary voters feel the positive impact of government,” the
President said.

On the lessons of the Ramadan, President Buhari urged Muslims to always put humanity before personal interests.

He said: “The Ramadan period is meant to reinforce us spiritually,
therefore, we should use religion as an inspiration to do good at all

“The virtues of the Ramadan should be sustained beyond the celebration.

”Going back to bad ways after the Ramadan might defeat the essence of
the message and lessons the fasting period was supposed to inculcate in
the hearts and minds of the Muslim faithful.”

President Buhari also used the occasion to commiserate with victims of terrorism, kidnapping and banditry in the country.

He reassured Nigerians that under no circumstances would criminals
and mass murderers be allowed to hold the country to ransom, assuring
that ‘‘their days are numbered because this administration will pursue
them relentlessly and bring them to justice.”

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