By Abba Gwale

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to take the fight against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail by desperate politicians to the almighty Allah, saying He only has ensued the peaceful existence of Nigeria as a united entity thus far.

Buhari made the call in a goodwill message to all Nigerians and Muslim community worldwide as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr following the end of the month of Ramadan.

In a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the president also advised Nigerians to continue to observe all prescribed COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

He wished all Nigerians well during the festival while harping on the need for unity and solidarity among all well-meaning citizens particularly at a time the country was confronted with multiple security challenges, which he said are not insurmountable.

President Buhari said, “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.”

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