…Extols citizens sacrifice
…Restates commitment to getting 100m Nigerians out of poverty
President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to be patient with his government as it addresses the hardship in the land.
While sending greetings across on the occasion of Eid-el-Adha, in Daura, Katsina State, the President, attributed the current challenges facing the country to the Covid-19 pandemic, insecurity and flooding that hindered local production for self-sustenance.
He renewed the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.
President Buhari, while speaking on the significance of the Eid-El-Kabir celebration, appealed to Muslims “to demonstrate the good virtues of Islam through personal examples and practices.
The President, who extolled sacrifices of Nigerians, however, said that: “Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with fine virtues of Islam.
He urged all Muslims to continue to live in peace and harmony with their fellow Nigerians of other faiths in the spirit of peaceful co-existence.
President Buhari also said the vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of the poverty cycle within ten years can be done, with more synergy between government and the people, and diligence in diversifying the economy, with agriculture as the backbone.
The President, who commissioned the first National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) Integrated Farm Estate in Suduje-Daura, said the mainstay of the Nigerian economy remains agriculture, where the country already commands a competitive advantage, with good weather conditions for crop and livestock farming, available manpower and willingness to learn new skills, and good soil types for all-season farming.