President, Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians, irrespective of religious affiliation, to pray against kidnapping and banditry, as the spate of killings, kidnapping and banditry in different parts of the country reaches new height.
The president, made this appeal in a statement to celebrate the Eid festival while noting that the country can overcome its problems if Nigerians come together.
Buhari further appealed to Nigerians to ignore those using religion as a tool of division for their own “selfish advantages”.
“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all,” Buhari said in a statement released by Garba Shehu, presidential aide, on Wednesday.
“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 president advised Nigerians to continue to observe the COVID-19 measures, amid the celebration.