President Muhammadu Buhari has told Muslim faithfuls in Nigeria that the greatest honour Muslims could have is to follow Prophet Muhammad’s shining examples of non-violence, peaceful disposition and remarkable virtues of patience.
The President made this known in a goodwill message to Muslim Ummah by his media aide, Garba Shehu.
President Buhari said: “Putting into practice the great virtues for which the Holy Prophet Muhammad is historically famous and revered would have a far greater impact on changing our attitudes and behaviors than the best sermons ever will.
“The indiscriminate killing of innocent people, the kidnapping of female students and forcing them into marriage and conversion is contrary to teachings and personal examples of the Prophet Muhammad.
“Violent extremism is the single biggest challenge facing the image of Islam today which has been hijacked by a minority of misguided elements who are using religion to cover-up their criminal agenda.
“There is the urgent need for increased vigilance by Muslims in order to frustrate and stop the spread of violent ideologies that are causing human havocs and tragedies around the world.
“Extremism is like a cancer that needs to be attacked in its early stages before it grows malignantly out of control and harm the society.”
The President wished the Muslim Ummah peaceful celebration and urge them to use this occasion to renew their resolve in promoting tolerance, love and harmony.