As Muslims in Nigeria join others all over the world to mark the Eid-el-Maulud, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Wednesday urged all citizens to use the occasion to reflect on the virtues of the Holy Prophet by showing love and understanding for fellow citizens while exhibiting patience, honesty, sincerity, kindness and generosity in all their undertakings.
In a message to Muslims commemorating the birthday of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) which is being marked as public holiday, the president urged all citizens, and the youth in particular, to shun all negative tendencies as manifested in the recent hijacking of peaceful protests to loot and destroy public and private property.
He also reiterated his promise to bring police officers responsible for misconduct as well as the looters to justice.
Lawan in a statement in Abuja noted that this year’s celebration comes at a time that Nigeria is striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
“Our harrowing experience over the past few weeks underscores the need for us as a people of faith to imbibe and demonstrate in our every conduct the virtues of love, peace and tolerance which Prophet Muhammad personifies.
“This trying time requires our prayers and supplications to Allah to intervene to restore peace and love of neighbours to our land.
“It also requires of us introspection as to the roles we are playing as leaders and individual citizens in building the nation that we desire.
“Having made their points in their patriotic demands for better policing and political governance, and having secured the commitment of the government to addressing the issues that they have raised, I urge our youths to in the spirit of this occasion embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere,” Lawan said.