President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to practise the virtues of Islam beyond the fasting season.
Besides, they should not separate religion and morality because, in the President’s view, doing so will encourage corrupt leaders.
In his message to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting, Buhari congratulated Muslims on the completion of “this spiritually significant month of sacrifice”. He urged them to reflect on the importance of Ramadan by becoming good ambassadors of Islam at all times.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said: ”Religion should be the moral compass for all believers in their public and personal lives.
“If people allow the teachings of their religions to influence their conducts, problems, such as corruption, which diverts public funds to private pockets, would have been eliminated in the society.”
Buhari regretted, however, that “selfishness and greed have overcome people’s conscience so much that they don’t have moral inhibitions in the pursuit of their greed”.
The President said: “It is impossible to separate morality from religion, and removing this connection encourages corrupt leaders and other exploiters to commit atrocities against the society.”
“I always wonder why any true believer, be they politicians, civil servants or businessmen, would seek to make profits from the misfortunes of others,” Buhari added.
He urged ordinary Nigerians to stop glorifying thieves by treating them with disdain for bringing hardships to others.
President Buhari enjoined religious leaders to always pray for peace and unity, and avoid making inflammatory utterances that endanger peace or promote conflicts.
The President also urged fellow citizens to forgive one another and embrace peace.
He lauded the families of recipients of national honours for showing good examples to Nigerians and urged country men and women to copy their good examples.
In apparent reference to the hardship in the land, Buhari thanked Nigerians for their patience and assured them that their sacrifices will not be in vain, adding that reforming a country that was pushed into near decay on account of corruption comes with teething pains.
“But these pains are temporary; the APC administration which I am privileged to lead, is beholden to the ordinary Nigerians and will leave no stone unturned to make their security, welfare and happiness our priority,” the President said.