President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to intensify their prayers against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail occurring across the country.
President Buhari made the plea in his Eid-el-Fitr message, according to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on Wednesday.
The president insisted that all Nigerians, irrespective of religion and tribe, must remain united during challenging times encountered by the country, saying the difficulties can be surmounted only if the citizens act as a unified group of persons.
The statement read: “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.
“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.
“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.
“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.
“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”
The Federal Government declared Wednesday and Thursday as public holidays to celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr.