President Muhammadu Buhari has allegedly sent Eid el Fitr greetings to Nigerians today as Muslim faithful in the country join the rest of the world to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan. According to Garba Shehu, the presidential spokesperson, the president asked Nigerians to avoid reckless statements and actions and resolve to live in peace.
The message, which was first shared on Facebook before being tweeted, reads thus:
“I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan fast. My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.
“May the lessons of Ramadan namely; piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time.
“I, again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen. We should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less endowed nations.
The message is the first Nigerians would get from their president since he left the country for London 48 days ago for a “follow-up medical consultation.” It also comes on the heels of the trending hashtag #WhereIsBuhari that had frustrated Nigerians seeking to know the whereabouts and health status of their absentee and very silent president.