- Atiku Abubakar has sent a crucial message to Nigerian Muslims as they observe Eid-el-Fitr
- The former PDP presidential candidate called on Muslims in the country to pray to God to end the coronavirus pandemic
- The former vice president also stated that the virus came as a test of faith from God
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As Nigerian Muslims observe the Eid-el-Fitr in a rather unique way, a former presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party has sent a crucial message to them.
Atiku called for sober reflection among Muslim faithful, admonishing them that this is not the time for them to lead an extravagant life.
The former vice president urged Muslims to strictly observe the federal government's directives on social distancing and hygiene.
Atiku said: "Those protocols about avoidance of crowded places, social distancing and regular washing of hands are for our own benefits and the benefits of humankind in general."
More importantly, he advised Nigerians to do their best both in action and prayers to "ensure that the world is healed of this deadly virus in the earliest possible time."
The former presidential candidate on to say that the COVID-19 pandemic is a test of faith from God to everyone.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Atiku had called on the federal government to diversify the country’s economy.
Legit.ng gathered that Atiku in a statement posted on his Twitter page on Thursday, April 30, stressed that reliance on oil was failing all mono-product economy, crude oil exporters.
Atiku, in a statement titled: How to pull Nigeria from the brink, said Nigeria and her contemporaries had to “cure their addiction to sweet crude.”
“For far too long we have grown high on our own supply, to the extent that we have neglected almost every other sector of our economy.
"This present rude awakening should be seen as a blessing in disguise – a blessing that compels us to take those drastic actions that will free us from the crude oil trap,” he said.
He added that the country needed to diversify the economy, saying that though it is easier said than done, it does not mean it is an impossible task.
“Prior to Nigeria’s October 1, 1960 independence from Great Britain, not only were we a nation self-reliant in food production, but we also exported food to other countries, earning precious foreign exchange in the process. Loading," he said.
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