President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday said he was irrevocably committed to the unity of Nigeria, in spite of threats to her existence.
It reads in part, “Against the backdrop of persisting challenges to unity, harmony and peaceful co-existence in the country, President Jonathan seizes the opportunity of the Eid-El-Fitri celebrations to reaffirm his administration’s absolute and immutable commitment to the unity and indivisibility of the Nigerian nation.
“The President assures all Nigerians once again that the imperatives of national unity, peace, harmony, collective development and progress will continue to inspire and motivate all policies and actions of his administration.
“President Jonathan who also observed the Ramadan fast in solidarity with Muslims in the country, applauds the exemplary leadership exhibited by Christian and Muslim leaders in the country who showed real commitment to peace and greater security for all by openly sharing the rigours and joys of the Ramadan with each other.
“The President commends the efforts of these religious leaders to further promote national unity and peaceful co-existence by visibly reaching out to those of other faith in the true spirit of all who believe in One God.”
Jonathan further urged all Nigerians to follow the laudable example of such religious leaders by showing similar commitment and willingness to live peacefully with each other in spite of tribal or religious differences.
The President congratulated all Muslims in the country who have successfully concluded this year’s Ramadan.
He prayed that Almighty Allah would grant them all the rewards promised to the faithful for the pious observance of its injunctions of piety, abstinence, self-discipline, constant prayer and charity.
He wished all Nigerians a joyous and peaceful Eid-El-Fitri celebrations.
He stated this pledge in an Eid el Fitri message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.