Nigeria @ 60: Buhari preaches unity, warns against religious extremism

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), on Friday warned against religious extremism and intolerance in the country, with a call on religious leaders and the citizenry to be united in eradicating the menace.

The President, represented by the Senate President Ahmed Lawal, said this at the 60th Independence Day Public Lecture and Special Juma’at Prayer held at the Abuja National Mosque, with the theme: ‘Together Nigeria @ 60: The imperative of building a nation together.’

He said, “On this note, I am making a clarion call to our various religious communities and individuals to sue for peace and national unity. I am making this call because the ground solution to our challenges in the area of ethnic and religious intolerance, which is sometimes manifested in conflict, lies with individuals, you and I.

“I charge the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to do more in eradicating religious extremism. As Muslims, let us continue to prove, through words and actions, that Islam is nothing but peace, as enshrined in the Glorious Quran.”

Meanwhile, at the event, Buhari’s wife, Aisha, has described the COVID-19 pandemic as a sign of God’s ‘unhappiness’ with the human race.

She called on Nigerians to sustain praying to God to witness the end of the pandemic as Nigeria prepares to mark its 60th independence anniversary.

She said, “We need to pray for forgiveness and special prayers for forgiveness. The world is no longer the same as a result of the pandemic, which is a sign that the Almighty God is not happy with us. I think we have no choice but to continue asking for forgiveness from the Almighty Allah.

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