President Muhammadu Buhari has attributed selfishness and greed of Nigerians as factors fueling corruption in the country.
A development he regretted influences human souls to abandon their religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed.
“It’s regrettable that selfishness, greed and corruption have overwhelmed human souls to the extent that people abandon their religious beliefs in pursuit of their greed,” he stated.
He used the opportunity to re-echo that fighting corruption is a task that must be done in order to protect the larger interests of the ordinary Nigerians who are the worst victims of diseases, poverty, malnutrition and other afflictions.
Buhari made these statements on Monday as part of his Eid-El-Kabir message to Nigerians.
He said surrendering to corruption is not an option because it destroys society and progress of nations.
According to President Buhari, “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.”
On the current economic challenges facing Nigerians, the President reassured that such are temporary because the welfare of the people is the main thrust of the change agenda of the administration.
The President who has since arrived his home town in Daura, Katsina state to celebrate the Sallah festivities also admonished Nigerians to rise above personal, group, sectarian and other interests, to promote harmony and tolerance in dealing with one another at all times.
He urged all Muslims to use the occasion for sober reflection and self-examination, and strive to be good ambassadors of their religion by upholding high moral values
According to the President, Muslims must be reminded that this felicitous occasion of Eid-ul-Adha should be a remembrance of the submission of Prophet Ibrahim Allaihis-Salam to Allah, his Creator, by which he taught the world the value of sacrifice in relating with one another, and when it comes to nation-building.
He words, “We must sacrifice for others and remember always those who are less fortunate than ourselves,” the President declared.
He explained that religion is a major factor in influencing human behaviour towards good conduct and actions.
To buttress this point, President Buhari cited the many initiatives unfolded by the administration under the Social Investment Programme (SIP) among which was the recent decision to distribute recovered stolen funds to the poor against the past practices of re-looting such funds by some people in authority.