Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his government as it addresses the hardships on the ground.
In his greetings on the occasion of Eid-el-Adha, the president attributed the current challenges facing the country to the COVID-19 epidemic, insecurity, and flooding that hampered local production for self-sustainability.
During his address, he reiterated the administration’s determination to create a country where life and property are safe and prosperous.
Aside from the destruction caused by floods, middlemen have also exploited fellow Nigerians through the local rice production, undermining our effort to encourage local food production at affordable prices.”
“As a president who enjoys the goodwill of the people who gave us their mandates, I am confident that we will continue to take measures to bring relief to Nigerians, including making fertilizer available to our farmers at affordable prices.
Bandits and terrorists are preventing farmers from accessing their farms as a result of the insecurity in the country.
I would like to take this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we are taking steps to address our security challenges. As part of our effort to counter terrorism and banditry, we have begun receiving fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment and hardware”, he said.
President Buhari called on Muslims to demonstrate the virtues of Islam through personal examples and actions during his speech on the significance of Eid-El-Kabir.
“Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens with outrageous prices for food and rams is not in keeping with the fine virtues of Islam,” Buhari said, extolling the sacrifices of Nigerians.
“As practising believers, we should not make life difficult and miserable for others for the sake of obscene profits. Happiness should not be sought at the expense of others. Remember that Islam is a religion of charity that encourages us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
“I encourage all Muslims to live according to a spirit of peaceful coexistence with their brethren in Nigeria of other faiths. We should pray for Nigeria’s progress at all times. We should expose those who cause security problems in the country which are among us
Buhari said, “No government in Nigeria’s recent history has invested as heavily as we are in promoting local production of around 20 other commodities through loans and other forms of support to farmers.”