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Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari commendsNigerians for persevering despite economic challenges

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BY NAN

Buhari, in his Eid-el-Fitr message, said he was not unaware of the challenges Nigerians are going through but assured them that it was temporary.

In the message released on Tuesday evening, the President said his government was also working towards ending insurgency and militancy in the
country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has commended Nigerians for persevering with his administration despite the economic challenges facing the
country.

Buhari, in his Eid-el-Fitr message, said he was not unaware of the challenges Nigerians are going through but assured them that it was temporary.

In the message released on Tuesday evening, the President said his government was also working towards ending insurgency and militancy in the
country.

The message reads in full:
I felicitate with all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah, on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Fitr, which marks the completion of the Ramadan fast.

I congratulate Muslims in Nigeria and around the world on the successful completion of this month- long spiritual journey of fasting, prayer and almsgiving in obedience to the Divine Command.

I sincerely pray that the Almighty Allah will reward our sacrifices with increased blessing and a more prosperous future.
On this happy occasion, it is my strong belief that all true followers of Islam have been rejuvenated on the true meaning and essence of life and
through the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), we have learnt to imbibe the virtues of piety, sacrifice, love, self-denial and good conduct in our daily relationship with one another.

As we celebrate another Eid El Fitr, I admonish all patriotic Nigerians to uphold these lessons and also appreciate the numerous material and human blessings God has endowed us with.

Let us learn to show gratitude, respect and tolerance to one other, irrespective of our religion, tribe, language and political leanings, as we forge ahead to build on our strengths and opportunities
to make Nigeria great again.

On Monday this week, the Vice President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and other government officials joined me to host Iftar
reception at the State House with Nigerians of different backgrounds including Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), artisans and Physically-
challenged persons.

Like I said during the reception, I want to once again appeal to those of us who have the means, to remember the millions of Nigerians who are suffering deprivation because of violence perpetrated by terrorists.

I am not unaware of what Nigerians are going through and I want to use this medium to commend the amazing sacrifices of Nigerians in the face of the temporary economic and social challenges and also reassure Nigerians that my administration is working assiduously towards providing basic needs and other amenities.

Let me also use this opportunity to reaffirm that we will not relent in the fight against corruption and we will ensure that all appropriate and legal
measures are deplored to root out this malaise.

I commend the Armed Forces and security agencies for the gains recorded in the fight against terrorists and the rescue of hostages in the North
East part of the country.

I also appeal for the support, understanding and patience of all Nigerians and our international
partners as we explore the fastest means to end the economic sabotage in the Niger Delta and amicably resolve the conflicts within the region.

I promise you all better days ahead even as we remain grateful for your unflinching support to our
administration. Happy Eid El Fitr celebration and May the Almighty
Allah continue to bless our nation.
Eid Mubarak!

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