President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday felicitated the Muslims as well as Nigerians of all faiths on the occasion of Maulud-Un-Nabiyy, the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
In a message released by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Monday in Abuja, Buhari said:” I am delighted to send greetings of peace, unity and goodwill to the Muslim Ummah, fellow citizens and Muslims all over the world, as they observe and celebrate Eid-ul-Maulud.”
The president urged Muslims to strive for “forgiveness and closeness to the noble life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW), whose birthday is being marked on this blessed day.
“On this auspicious occasion, I wish you all the blessings of today.”
The president, who used the occasion to speak on the security situation in the country, noted that the security agencies had intensified efforts to effectively respond to the security challenges facing the nation.
Buhari pledged that the feats made in tackling the security challenges would be sustained.
He, therefore, called on the media to address the tone, content and standards of their reportage of security and safety measures, saying time had come to substitute phrases like “rising insecurity” with “declining insecurity”.
The president added that “increased cooperation and collaboration from the citizenry, coupled with reinvigorated, dynamic and energised police, security and military leadership is helping the administration score more victories against terror, criminality and economic sabotage.
“The reality of declining insecurity should replace the inaccurate narrative of rising insecurity in the country.
“While there is work to do, the men and women in uniform, who are helping the nation to achieve this goal, desire our collective appreciation and encouragement to do even more.
“The whole country and its mass communications systems have a duty in this regard.”
Buhari also urged road users to drive with care and avoid needless accidents.