In a message to the nation on Saturday, as the Muslim citizens celebrate the 2014 Eid-el-Fitri, President Jonathan stressed the need for Nigerians to imbibe the Holy Prophet’s teachings of piety, love, justice, fairness, equity, peaceful co-existence with others, tolerance, honesty and dedication to duty for the benefit and greater glory of the nation.
He expressed sadness that the Holy Month was sadly tainted in parts of the country with the continuing atrocities of extremists and terrorists, but urged all patriotic Nigerians to remain unwaveringly committed to showing solidarity with the Armed Forces and security agencies, as they carry out counter-terrorism operations.
President Jonathan stressed the need to give the security agents the full support required to prosecute the war against terrorism to a successful conclusion.
“Brainwashed And Misguided Agents”
“I feel the pains and anguish of all our compatriots who have experienced the harrowing impact of terrorism unleashed on them by brainwashed and misguided agents of evil and disunity, but we must never throw up our hands in helplessness and despair as the terrorists and purveyors of anarchy want.
“I assure all Nigerians, once again, that we are totally committed to winning that war, putting the scourge of terrorism and insecurity rapidly behind us and giving the fullest possible attention to the urgent task of improving the living conditions of our people in all parts of the country.
“May the lessons and blessings of the Holy Month also permeate into us all, and positively influence our attitudes towards our fellow countrymen and women, irrespective of their religion or places of origin; and promote greater commitment to the peace, unity and stability of the nation,” the president said.
He further emphasised that his administration would not be deterred from its goal of positively transforming Nigeria into a strong, united, progressive, stable, secure and prosperous nation in which all citizens would live in peace in spite of immense diversities.