A national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday urged Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari as he tackles the nation’s problems, particularly the challenges posed by Boko Haram terrorists.
He stated this in a statement issued to felicitate with Muslims on the occasion of the Eid-el-Maulud Festival, urging the Muslim faithful to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Muhammed, which include love, peaceful coexistence and sacrifice.
The former Lagos governor, however, called for a final push against Boko Haram terrorists to end their dastardly acts against innocent lives, stating that it was regrettable and hurtful to see hundreds of lives lost needlessly.
He prayed for the souls of the victims of the suicide bombings in Madagali, Adamawa State and Maiduguri Monday Market in Borno State,
The statement reads: “I felicitate with Muslim faithful in the country on this occasion of Eid-el-Maulud Festival (Birth of Prophet Muhammed) (PBUH). I urge them to imbibe the virtues of Prophet Muhammed, among them love, peaceful co-existence and sacrifice, and to exhibit those attributes as we relate with one another.
“Let us also use the occasion to pray for the country and for President Muhammadu Buhari as he boldly confronts the challenges facing the country. The government needs our support, understanding and indeed sacrifice to end the present economic recession. Surely, there would be light at the end of the tunnel.
“I enjoin Muslims, indeed all Nigerians to be on the alert: pay particular attention to their security by being mindful of movements around them, being watchful of their surroundings and neighbours, by cooperating with and giving security men information when they suspect untoward developments.
“Boko Haram terrorists will be defeated as they engage in the antics of a drowning man. I salute and encourage our men and women in uniform not to relent. Nigerians are proud of their exploits.
“As we pray for the country and our troops for Boko Haram to come to an end, I call on our Muslim brothers and sisters across the country to also endeavour to get involved in providing support for the physically-displaced persons in the Northeast. This war will and must come to an end.
“I seek prayers for the souls of victims of the suicide bombings in Madagali, Adamawa State and Maiduguri Monday Market in Borno State. It is regrettable and hurtful to see hundreds of lives lost needlessly. These dastardly acts against innocent lives must be condemned and those behind it brought to justice. That is what we all should be about and united over – bringing these attacks to an end. On this, I stand united with President Buhari in his concerted effort to restore security to the Northeast and other parts of Nigeria.
“I wish all Muslim faithful happy Eid-el-Maulud celebration.”