By Ismail Chafe
President Muhammadu Buhari has saluted Nigerians for their steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times confronting the country.
Buhari, in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Nigerians released in Abuja on Sunday, gave the assurance that his administration would get the economy right.
According to him, the Federal Government is “working round the clock” to address the current hardship the country is going through.
He attributed the economic recession to cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times.
“It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.
“I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through.”
He said development programmes had been designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.
These, according to the President, include rail and road constructions, housing sector projects, support for farmers in small and medium scale industries, youth and women empowerment programmes and support for revival of industries.
“We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the grace of God.”
Buhari enjoined Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam by maintaining good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters.
He further charged them to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation as patriots.
“The lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure. I wish everyone happy holidays,’’ he said