President Buhari: Social Justice, Fairness Key To Nigeria's Unity


President Muhammadu Buhari  on Friday  in Abuja said his administration will

continue to promote unity and peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians by

ensuring fairness and social justice to all.
Receiving Sheikh Abdul-Muhsin Muhammad Al-Qassimi, Imam of the Mosque of

the Holy Prophet in Medina, at the State House, President Buhari said God

had a purpose of bringing people from different ethnic backgrounds into

one country- Nigeria.
“God knows best- a population of 180 million people comprising more than

300 ethnic groups many of them with cultural ties stronger than religion

can only co-exist peacefully in an atmosphere of social justice,'' he

President Buhari urged Muslims and all other citizens to imbibe and

practice social justice as a norm and prayed to Allah to guide his

government in doing the same.
“I pray that God gives us the courage to be fair to people he put in our

charge so that we can enjoy his mercy,'' he said.
Citing several personal life lessons from the country's political crisis

in 1966, the civil war, his incarceration for three and half years in

solitary detention, and his attempts to win presidential election,

President Buhari told the visiting Imam that he had learnt ''an important

lesson about social justice.''
The President commended the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for their efforts to

create a better understanding and practice of Islam.

He welcomed the visit of the Imam to Nigeria, noting that it would

strengthen the bond of ties between the two countries.

In his remarks, Sheikh (Dr) Al-Qassimi commended the peaceful co-existence

of Nigerians of different faiths.
He expressed satisfaction with the cordial relations between government

and religious leaders and called for a better teaching and practice of

Islam devoid of extremism.
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