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Osinbajo, Buhari greet Muslims on Eid celebration

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo giving an address at the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation memorial lecture in Kano State Eid

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has felicitated with Muslims as they celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Kabir.

Osinbajo in a terse statement said, “I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters across the country a joyful Eid celebration.

“In this season, may the bonds of friendship, charity, the chords of love, service and commitment to our country be renewed and strengthened amongst all Nigerians.”

Similarly, President Muhammadu Buhari urged Muslims to use the celebration as a time for reflection.

“I rejoice with Muslims in Nigeria and around the world as we celebrate Eid El Kabir. This celebration is, as always, an opportunity to reflect on the spiritual significance embodied by Eid, and to rededicate ourselves to showing love and care to our neighbours and others,” Buhari said.

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“Let us all strive to use religion as motivation for the love of our common humanity. If we’re committed to putting the teachings of our religions into practice, most of the evils afflicting our society would’ve been solved. Religion should never just be a mere badge of identity.

“The exploitation of the people by traders and the stealing of public funds by civil servants and other holders of public trust is a reflection of the abandonment of the teachings of our religions.

“Our society is a bundle of contradictions. People display external religiosity without fear of God;make life difficult for others; money becomes their god; leaders abandon their oaths of office by taking money meant for the welfare of the people & diverting it to private pockets.

“On this occasion we remember and salute our brave men and women in uniform, fighting terror on many fronts; we remember their families too, as well as all the people held hostage and kept away from their families by wicked and heartless terrorists.

“In Nigeria today, we are indeed facing challenges related to security and the cost of living. I am aware of all these challenges, and our administration is working hard to resolve them. I want to assure that I will not rest until I bring relief to Nigerians.

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“I pray that this Eid will be a source of blessing, peace, prosperity and safety for us all. We will triumph over all of the challenges facing us. Peace, prosperity and stability will prevail in Nigeria,” the President said.

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