"I won't rest until I bring relief to Nigerians," Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Friday.
Mr. Buhari, currently in his hometown in Daura, Katsina State, said he was aware of the hardship Nigerians are currently facing, with insecurity and the high cost of living.
The President said, "I am quite aware of the difficulties people are facing and working to resolve them."
Buhari said this in his message to Nigerians to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
A senior Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, said in the statement that Mr. Buhari is trying to find a solution to the current hardship the people are facing.
Garba quoted Buhari as saying that his administration will not rest until the country is improved.
Insecurity in Nigeria has spiked across the country as one of the country's most secured prisons, Kuje prison, was attacked by a regrouped ISWAP terrorist group.
The increasing cost of food items and fuel scarcity - despite being an oil-producing country- has further worsened the nation's woes.
Mr. Buhari urged religious believers to put their beliefs into practice, adding, "If we are putting the teachings of our religions into practice, most of the evils afflicting our society would have been solved."
"Religion shouldn't just be used as a mere badge of identity, but as a motivator for doing good for our country and humanity.
"The exploitation of the people by traders and the stealing of public funds by civil servants and other holders of public trust is a reflection of the abandonment of the teachings of our religions."
The President continued, "Our society is a bundle of contradictions. People display external religiosity without fear of God; they make life difficult for others; money becomes their God; leaders abandon their oaths of office by taking money meant for the people's welfare and diverting it to their private pockets."
The President gave "special mention" to security operatives "fighting terror on many fronts and their families, as well as others held hostage and kept away from their families by wicked and heartless terrorists."
He advised Muslims to "avoid association with violent extremist ideas that have wrongly given Islam a negative image or poor perception."
"We should show love and care to our neighbors and others while celebrating this spiritually important event in our lives," he added.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.