The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has called on Nigerians to shun acts of violence and embrace peace as the only positive way of moving the nation forward.
The Senate president, who is currently in Saudi Arabia performing the lesser Hajj, made the call in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
Saraki also advised the various groups that have taken up arms against the Nigerian State to drop their arms and seek judicial solutions to their grievances.
The statement read: “I urge all Nigerians, across religious divides, to remain steadfast, prayerful and patriotic. The virtues of moderation, piety, regular supplication to Allah and being our brother’s keeper should subsist beyond the Ramadan. Beyond this, every Nigerian should seek to contribute to rebuilding the nation with renewed vigour.
“I also urge Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilisation across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in the spirit of the Eid-el-Fitri.
“Again, Nigerians who nurse one grudge or the other against the state should seek for legitimate and peaceful means of expressing their grievances so that it will be possible for their position to be better understood and addressed through constructive dialogue.
“Similarly, let us all refrain from using violence to express our stand on issues. Violence only destroys; it does not build. Let us also shun greed and other vices capable of undermining the socio-political growth of our dear nation”.