The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country on the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker called on all Nigerians not to relent in prayers for the peace, unity and development of Nigeria.
He urged Nigerians, especially Muslims to use the Sallah period to pray for Nigeria to overcome the multifaceted challenges facing the nation.
He said, “More than ever before, the present crop of leaders are coming at a very difficult time when the country’s economy is in bad shape, and worsened by dwindling revenues.
“As leaders, we are ready and prepared to make the necessary sacrifice(s) and lead by example.”
Dogara maintained that recent happenings in the country, especially the renewed attacks by the Boko Haram in the Northeast are source of concern, expressing hope that Nigeria would surely overcome.
The Speaker described the resurgence of bombings of Churches and Mosques by the insurgents as last kicks of a dying horse, saying it would soon be a thing of the past.
Dogara commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent shake up in the military high command with the appointment of new Service Chiefs which he said has signaled the beginning of the end of insurgency in the country.
The Speaker promised that the National Assembly would continue to provide the much needed support and funding for the equipping of the military and other security agencies, to enable them succeed in the fight against terrorism, armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes.
“So long as Nigerians remain united, there is nothing that we cannot achieve as a people and I will continue to call on our country men and women, keep hope alive as happy times will be here again,” he said.