President Muhammadu Buhari has said that 16 years of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) left the country with no infrastructure nor facilities that could fast-track development in Nigeria.
Buhari, who stated this while addressing journalists after observing the Eid prayers at Kofar-Arewa praying ground, Daura, Katsina State with the Emir of Daura, Farouk Umar and Magajin Gari of Daura, Musa Umar and others.
The president, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Garba Shehu, argued that his government was able to crush Boko Haram which the previous administration could not achieve.
The President said, “I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security.”
He said he had intensified the war against corruption as those who diverted public funds had started returning the money.
Buhari said, “Nigerians can see what we have done on Boko Haram and what we are doing to resolve the problem in the Niger Delta. Before the elections, we identified three major problems confronting our country.
“The first is security; we need to sufficiently secure our country to manage it well. The second is economy, especially job for the youths and fighting corruption which is continuous.
‘‘For the youths, graduates and non-graduates who are interested in agriculture, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the CBN are doing something to provide employment for them,” he added.
The prayer, which started at about 9:45 a.m. was led by the Daura Emirate Chief Imam, Sheikh Safiyanu
Yusuf. In his sermon, Yusuf stressed the importance of sacrifice in Islam, adding that it could be done with ram, sheep, goats, cattle and camel.
The Cleric said that the sacrifice could not be done with animal with one eye, ear, broken horn, cut tail, cripple, sick and malnourished, adding that no part of the sacrifice should be sold.
The Imam revealed that sacrifice should be done only with the intention of getting closer to the Almighty Allah.
Meanwhile in Kaduna, former Kaduna state Governor, Ramalan Yero, joined hundreds of Muslims who thronged Murtala Square praying ground to observe the two-rakat prayer inspite of the heavy down pour.
The former Governor, who spoke to journalists after the prayers, urged the Muslims to celebrate Sallah within the required limits.
He urged those who could not offer the sacrifice due to economic hardship in the county to accept it in good faith and hope and pray to Allah to make it possible for them to offer the sacrifice next year.
The Deputy chief Imam of Kaduna Muslim Community, Mahmud Muhammad, who led the prayer, called on Muslims to use the festival in protecting the integrity of others irrespective of their religions.
Muhammed urged the Muslim worshippers that Allah does not need the blood of the rams they slaughter but Allah loves those who slaughter the Rams with the fear of Allah.
He said we must ensure we protect the integrity of the Muslim Ummah, lives and properties, sound mind and be fair to all.
The Cleric also enjoined the Muslims to share their rams with less privilege in the society.
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