Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar urges Muslims in the country to portray Islam positively through the spirit of tolerance and commitment to peaceful coexistence in their everyday conducts.
In his goodwill Sallah message to Nigerian Muslims to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting period, the former Vice President notes that the lessons of this Holy month should be taken beyond the celebration.
According to him, self-discipline and love for fellow human beings is one of the important virtues of the Ramadan fasting period, and that these virtues should not “desert our hearts because the event has come to an end.”
He explains that abstention from eating and drinking “is an important reminder to the Muslim faithful that there are millions of others who go without food daily on account of their poverty.
The Turaki Adamawa also advises Muslims and indeed all Nigerians to continue to show patience with the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which he says is aware of hardships they were passing through, adding however that their support for the government would ultimately yield dividends.
He says President Buhari should be commended for the courageous measures he has taken to ensure public funds meant for the welfare of the people and development of the country are not stolen and diverted to private pockets of individuals.
He assures Nigerians that their patience will yield dividends, adding that “every change comes with initial challenges, pains and sacrifices for a better tomorrow.”