“I Won’t Surrender To Corruption” – Buhari Vows In Eid-El Kabir Message To Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday assured that he would never surrender to corruption, in his Eid-el Kabir message to Nigerians.
According to him, no amount of criticism and hatred will make him relent in the war against corruption, insisting that doing that is a “betrayal of public trust”.
In his Eid-el Kabir message to Nigerians made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President further said fighting corruption was a task that must be done in order to protect the larger interests of the ordinary Nigerians whom he said were the worst victims of diseases, poverty, malnutrition and other afflictions.
The President said surrendering to corruption was not an option because it destroyed society and progress of nations.
“Even if some people hate you for fighting corruption, you should not chicken out from the task as a leader because doing so is a betrayal of public trust,” he said.
The President explained that religion was a major factor in influencing human behaviour towards good conduct and action, adding that people have forsaken their religious beliefs in the pursuit of selfishness, greed and corruption.
Buhari assured Nigerians that the country’s economic challenges were temporary, saying the people’s welfare is the focal point of his administration’s change agenda.
He urged Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, and promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another.
The president urged Muslims to use the Eid-el Kabir for sober reflection and self-examination, and strive to be good ambassadors of their religion by upholding high moral values.
“We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the president said.
Meanwhile, President Buhari is billed to celebrate this year’s Eid-el Kabir with his kinsmen in his home town, Daura, Katsina State today.