DAILY TRUST HEADLINE: Reforming Nigeria comes with pains, Buhari says

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President Muhammmadu Buhari says reforming a nation like Nigeria “pushed into near decay on account of corruption” comes with teething pains.
He, however, noted that these pains were temporary, adding the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration he was privileged to lead “is beholden to the ordinary Nigerians and will leave no stone unturned to make their security, welfare and happiness our priority.”The president said this last night in his Sallah message following the announcement of the sighting of the new moon of Shawwal by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, declaring today Friday, June, 15 as Sallah day.
The Sultan said the new crescent was sighted in Borno, Sokoto, Kaduna, Plateau, Kano, Nasarawa, among others.

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Buhari, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Malam Garba Shehu, thanked Nigerians for their patience and assured them that their sacrifices would not be in vain.
President Buhari stressed the importance of putting the virtues of Islam into practice beyond the fasting season.
Congratulating Muslims on completing “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice”, he urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
The president said “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.”
Buhari, 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.”
According to him, “It is impossible to separate morality from religion, and removing this connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.”
He said he always wondered why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others.
President Buhari urged ordinary Nigerians to stop glorifying thieves by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.
He 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.
He, in this respect, lauded the families of recipients of national honours for showing good examples to Nigerians and urged our country men and women to copy their good examples.
Saraki, Ekweremadu urge sustained prayers

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Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu have called for sustained prayers for peace in the country after the Ramadan fast.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations, said it was imperative for Muslims to utilise this period to pray fervently for peace and unity in the country.
“We have just ended a month long fast thus paving way for the Eid-el-fitr celebrations. These two periods are such times that the Almighty Allah enjoined us to ask for his blessings. We should therefore use the opportunity to pray for the country and its leaders,” he said.
Ekweremadu in a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu urged Muslims to continue to pray for the nation, especially towards the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections.
He also enjoined Muslim faithful to remain true to the teachings of Islam imbibed during Ramadan even after the holy month.
Reflect on Ramadan lessons – Dogara
On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, enjoined Muslims to sustain the lessons of Ramadan and replicate same in their daily lives for a better society.
He also called on the Ummah not to be carried away by only the pageantry of the Sallah celebration, but to use the occasion for sober reflection and extend gestures and hands of support to the needy in the society, as well as to pray against the current security and economic situation of the country.

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