President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday in Abuja expressed satisfaction at the conduct of peaceful elections in Nigeria, in spite of what he called “doomsday predictions of social disharmony.”
Buhari’s Sallah message to Nigerians to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting season was conveyed in a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
The President commended INEC for a good job in spite of 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 duty.
“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.’’
Turning to the lessons of the Ramadan, Buhari urged Muslims to always put humanity before personal interests.
According to him, the Ramadan period is meant to reinforce Muslims spiritually, therefore, they should use religion as an inspiration to do good at all times.
“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,’’ he said.
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.
“Their days are numbered because this administration will pursue them relentlessly and bring them to justice,’’ he said.