President Muhammadu Buhari has called on all Nigerians to unite and shun calls for separatism fuelled by religious differences.
The President made the call in his message celebrating the end of the Ramadan fasting month and observance of the Eid Al-Fitr for 2021.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari noted that the various challenges facing Nigeria are only surmountable when citizens of all faiths come together as one people.
He charged all Nigerians to pray to God to help the country overcome the vices of banditry kidnapping and machinations of some elements seeking to acquire political power through divisive ploys.
Buhari said: “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.
“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians, are imperative, especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges, which are surmountable only when we come together as one.
“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions for their own selfish advantages“.