Muslims in Nigeria joined other faithful across the world to mark Eid el Fitr, the end of the Ramadan fasting period. Prayers were held at the Eid ground along Airport Road while Preisdent Buhari worshipped at Mambilla Barracks.
In his message, President Muhammadu Buhari enjoined Nigerians to forgive one another and embrace peace. His message which focussed on the lessons of Ramadan, urged Muslims to reflect on the importance of Ramadan in becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
“Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives,” he said, 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.”
“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others.’’
He urged ordinary Nigerians to stop glorifying thieves by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.
Expressing appreciation to Nigerians for their patience and assuring them that their sacrifices would not be in vain, Buhari said the pains being experienced would soon be history as the administration had put measures in place to uplift the quality of life of all citizens across the country.
Popular recreation spots all over the FCT were filled with holiday-makers who came with their families to relax. Magicland near City Gate and Millennium Park in the city recorded a huge turnout of Nigerians of all faiths as they came out in numbers to enjoy the holidays.