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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