The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Sunday said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration would do everything possible to sustain Nigeria’s unity.
He made the remark while receiving the Muslim community in Abuja and environs, who paid him a Sallah homage to mark the 2017 Eid-el-Fitr at his official residence, Aguda House.
Prof. Osinbajo received the delegation on behalf of President Buhari, who is in the United Kingdom for medical reasons.
According to him, keeping Nigeria one will give room for more development and enhance the people’s welfare.
He said: ”Your ethnicity doesn’t matter and that is why, for us, unity is so important that we must work together to make sure that our country is able to take care of the millions of people we govern.
“God expects us to take care of the poor and those suffering, to ensure that we use government resources only in such a way that it will be for the good of the majority of our people.”
Osinbajo recalled President Buhari’s sallah message to Nigerians, in which he said that the country must remain united.
He enumerated the gains of unity to include love towards one another, integrity, global respect and diversity, among others.
“Our unity is not negotiable. We should make sure that we remain united in order to enjoy the resources God has blessed Nigeria with. So many nations envy what we have as a nation,” He said.
The Acting President also prayed for President Buhari’s quick recovery and return to Nigeria, stressing that the President has a lot to do for Nigeria.
“We are praying everyday and we know that the Lord God Almighty who we serve will bring our President back in good health and that he will serve this nation with the same determination and the same spirit of oneness, the same spirit that he has always served this nation from when he was a young man. He will serve this nation and complete the period of his service in good health, in good shape and our country will be the better for it,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the leader of the delegation and Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello said paying sallah homage was customary as a mark of respect for the President.
He thanked security agencies, religious and traditional rulers in the FCT for playing a great role in sustaining the peace in the capital city.
He said the kind of harmonious relationship they have exhibited needs to be replicated in the thirty six states.
There were goodwill messages from the Acting Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Mohammad Kabir Adamu and the Chairman of the Christian Association off Nigeria, FCT Chapter, Reverend Samson Jonah, who both prayed for the President’s quick recovery.
The clerics praised the Acting President for guiding the country so well in Buhari’s absence.
At the event was the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, some legislators and members of the Federal Executive Council.