President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has
urged Boko Haram insurgents and other
groups trying to destabilise the country to
shelf their sword and embrace peace.
Saraki gave the call in a statement signed
by his Special Adviser, Media and
Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja to
commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri
celebration.
The Senate President in the statement
advised Nigerians against the use of
violence to express grievances.
According to Saraki, the current socio-
economic challenges facing the country
can only be surmounted through prayers.
The statement reads, “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.”

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