Eid-el-Fitr: “Who I will handover to in 2023” – Buhari

Says he’s having sleepless nights over Nigeria’s insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, joined other Muslim faithful at the parade ground of the Mambilla Barracks, Abuja, to perform the Eid-el-Fitr prayer.

This is just as the President promised to hand over to whoever Nigerians elect to succeed him in 2023.

President Buhari, who spoke briefly while responding to questions after the prayer session, admitted to having sleepless nights over the security situation in parts of the country. He, however, promised to spare no efforts in dealing decisively and mercilessly with the criminal gangs.

Monday’s Eid prayer was the first time the president would observe the session outside the Presidential villa since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, two years ago.

The Nigerian leader, accompanied by some of his family members and personnel aides, arrived at the venue of the event at about 9.00 a.m.

Others at the praying ground included some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), security chiefs, heads of para-military organisations and other government officials.

The two-raka’at prayer was led by the Chief Imam of the Barracks, Muhammad Dahey-Shuwa, who spoke on the significance and spiritual values of the just-concluded Ramadan fast.

Dahey-Shuwa, in his sermon, also prayed for peace and stability in the country, calling on citizens to continue to pray and support the nation’s security agencies in their fight against terrorism and violent crimes across the country.

The president had throughout the period of Ramadan joined the Muslim faithful at the State House mosque in the interpreting sermon on the Holy Qur’an, (Tafsir).

Buhari, who took part in the daily exercise during the fasting period, had also used his evenings to host guests from across different sections of the country to Iftar, (breaking of fast).

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an issued statement in Abuja, said the president used the occasions to practise the values projected by Ramadan.

These, according to him, include the promotion of discipline and personal sacrifice, care, and love for the less fortunate, promotion of national unity and support for the Armed Forces as they strive to end terrorism and other crimes in the country.

The president promised to spare no efforts in dealing decisively and mercilessly with the criminal gangs in the country.

On the forthcoming general elections, President Buhari re-affirmed the commitment of his administration to a free, fair, and transparent process.

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