President Muhammadu Buhari urged Muslims on Thursday night to eat and be happy, but to understand the meaning and lesson of Ramadan. Ordinary Nigerians, he added, should stop glorifying thieves but rather treat them with disdain.
It was Mr. Buhari’s Sallah message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period for the millions of Muslims in Nigeria.
Buhari, a Muslim himself, congratulated Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice” and urged them to become good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
According to the President, “religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives,” adding that “if people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society.”
He regretted, however, that “selfishness and greed have overcome people’s conscience so much that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed.”
He said “it is impossible to separate morality from religion, and removing this connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.”
“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others”, the President added.
President Buhari enjoined religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity in the country and avoid making inflammatory utterances that endanger peace or promote conflicts.
The President also appealed to fellow citizens to forgive one another and embrace peace.
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