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Eid-el-Fitri 2017: Trump, Buhari call for peace and harmony

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Monday, June 26, 2017 7.00am/Proshare WebTV

As muslims across the globe celebrate Eid-el-Fitr to mark the end of the Ramadan period (Holy month of fasting), Presidents Donald Trump of the United States of America and his Nigerian counterpart, President Muhammadu Buhari have both called for peace and harmony, in their separate messages. 

President Trump in a white house statement, sent special greetings to Muslims on behalf of himself and the first lady Melania and all Americans. 

He enjoined the muslins to use the period to reflect on the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill. 

On his part President Buhari in his message from London, United Kingdom where he is currently on medical vacation, sent warm greetings to all Muslims on the occasion.

Buhari believed it was a period to reflect on the lessons of Ramadan, which includes generosity to the poor and needy, piety, piety, self-denial and prayers. 

The Nigerian leader used the opportunity to appeal to Nigerians, to avoid and desist from making reckless statements that could endanger the unity of the nation. 

He re-emphasized the need for citizens to have a renewed commitment, to living in peace and harmony, despite the differences in religion and ethnic groupings. 

Senate President of Nigeria Dr Bukola Saraki in his message charged Muslims in Nigeria to practice the virtues of perseverance, tolerance and love for neighbours. 

Speaking further he said “We should realize that our strength as a nation revolves around our diverse nature, and we must do all we can to ensure that we manage these diversity to build a strong, economically viable, politically stable and prosperous nation". 

 

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