President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to redouble their efforts in praying for a better and peaceful Nigeria.
The president, who was speaking at the breaking- of-fast dinner for members of FEC at the Presidential Banquet Hall, Abuja, said that the Month of Ramadan was a special time when “God listens and answers prayers from the faithful”.
According to him, this period provides leaders the opportunity to be more conscious of their responsibilities to the people they are leading.
The president reiterated that Nigeria needs a lot of prayers, in view of the economic and security challenges facing the nation.
He particularly cited the activities of the militants and those agitating for the state of Biafra, reminding such people and their sponsors of the calamities that befell the country during similar agitations between 1967 and 1970 when about two million lives were lost
“We need to reflect very seriously on what happened between 1967 and 1970 when over two millions Nigerians lost their lives.
At that time, as young military officers, you hardly heard of anything about petroleum or whatever money you got from it.
Look at what Gen. (Yakubu) Gowon said: ‘To keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done’ and every soldier, whether he had been to school or not, knew what the General meant.
But we were quarreling with our brothers, we were not fighting an enemy and now, somebody is saying that once again, he wants Biafra.
I think this is because he was not born when there was Biafra. We have to reflect on the historical antecedents to appreciate what is before us now and what we intend to leave for our children and our grandchildren,” he warned.
The President said that this month is also a time when leaders are more conscious of their responsibilities.
Let me assure you that this time is making us more conscious of what leaders at every level ought to do. Leading the people is not a joke; it means accepting responsibilities for good or wrong.
We need a lot of prayers, certainly, with the nation’s economy going down. We haven’t developed our agriculture, we are still trying to talk to
those who will come and develop our solid minerals for us,” he said.
Buhari thanked the ministers and other members of
the cabinet for accepting to serve and identify with the APC-led Federal Government.