President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that he will never surrender to corruption. According to him, fighting corruption is a task that must be done in order to protect the larger interests of the ordinary Nigerians.
In his Eid-el Kabir message to Nigerians made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari said surrendering to corruption was not an option because it destroyed society and progress of nations.
He added, “Even if some people hate you for fighting corruption, you should not chicken out from the task as a leader because doing so is a betrayal of public trust.”
The President regretted that selfishness, greed and corruption had overwhelmed human beings to the extent that people abandoned their religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed.
He reassured Nigerians that the economic challenges confronting them were temporary because the welfare of the people was the main thrust of the change agenda of his administration.
He cited the many initiatives unfolded by the administration under the Social Investment Programme among which was the recent decision to distribute recovered looted funds to the poor against the past practices of re-looting such funds by some people in authority.
While urging Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, and promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times, the President tasked all Muslims to use the Eid-el Kabir for sober reflection and self-examination, and strive to be good ambassadors of their religion by upholding high moral values.
He noted, “We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves.”
Meanwhile, President Buhari on Monday left Abuja for his home town, Daura in Katsina State to celebrate this year’s Eid-el Kabir with his kinsmen.
The President is expected back in Abuja after the Sallah break.