- President Muhammadu Buhari appeals to Nigerians to strive to live in peace with one another
- Buhari says his administration is not relenting on securing peace for the nation to grow further
- The president urges Nigerians to be of good conducts as the nation is preparing for the 2019 general elections
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, December 28, reiterated his appeal to all Nigerians to continue to live in peace to enable the nation witness giant strides in all fields of human endeavour as the 2019 elections approach.
The president made the appeal in Gombe at the opening ceremony of the 33rd national Qur’anic recitation competition, organised by the centre for Islamic studies, Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the president was represented at the occasion by Malam Suleiman Hassan, the minister of environment.
He said: “We must strive to live in peace with one another. We must try and increase our intimacy or relationship amongst ourselves which will further strengthen our ties as a nation.
“This administration is not relenting to secure peace for our nation to grow further and to achieve such peace, we must increase our knowledge.
“Knowledge, both Islamic and Western, is an important recipe for peace and security.’’
Buhari also urged Nigerians to be of good conducts as the nation was preparing for the 2019 general elections.
The presidents further the people to shun hate speech and other undemocratic actions that could threaten the country peaceful co-existence.
In his remarks, Prof Ibrahim Njodi, the chairman of the occasion and vice chancellor, University of Maiduguri, called on the participants to hold firm the tenets of Islam as a guiding light throughout the competition.
The chairman, who was represented by Prof Sani Abdulmumuni, dean of Ffaculty of arts, University of Maiduguri, said the competition would strengthen the knowledge of Islam in youths.
Also speaking, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, represented by the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu-Abubakar III, thanked the organisers for sustaining the competition over the years.
Alhaji Isa Pantami, the director-general, ational Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA),Abuja, who is the guest speaker stressed the need for Muslim faithful to always reflect on what the Holy Qur’an says.
Ibrahim, who stressed that tolerance and peace were necessary for Muslim faithful, emphasised that killing of an innocent soul, irrespective of religious belief, was un-Islamic.
In his speech, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state assured the participants of the state government support toward achieving the objective of the competition.
NAN reports that 33 states and the Federal Capital Territory,(FCT) are participating in the competition which holds between Dec. 28 and Jan.5
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has promised to end attacks by bandits in Zamfara state if elected president.
Atiku in a video message on Facebook on Friday, December 28, assured the people of Zamfara state that if voted as president on February 16, 2019, within a month of his swearing in, he would deploy a combined force of 30,000 policemen and soldiers to the state and eradicate crime.
The presidential candidate said when elections took place in Ekiti and Osun state, President Buhari sent 30,000 policemen and soldiers to supervise the polls.
He stated that it is more important for him to secure the lives of the people of the state than to secure political power for his party.
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