President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday promised that his administration would not be distracted from prosecuting its developmental programmes despite the intrigues heralding the 2015 general elections.
He also vowed to work with the Independent National Electoral Commission and other key stakeholders to make proper preparations for the elections based on his belief that credible elections are bedrock of democracy.
Jonathan made the pledge in his Eid-el-Maulud message to the nation made available by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in Abuja.
The statement partly reads, “Against the background of the increasing tempo of political activities in the country, as individuals, groups and parties jostle for vantage positions in the countdown to next year’s general elections, President Jonathan assures all Nigerians that his administration will not be distracted from working diligently to bring all of its priority developmental programmes and projects to a successful conclusion.
“The President also assures the nation that his administration will continue to act on its belief that only free, fair and credible elections can make democracy in Nigeria truly meaningful and useful as a vehicle for development and progress.
“The President believes that a greater internalisation of the virtues of honesty, selflessness, charity, tolerance, good neighbourliness, justice, equity and fairness which the Prophet preached and exemplified will be of immense benefit to the nation in this regard.”
Also, Senate President David Mark in his message implored Nigerians to put aside ethnic, political and religious differences and collaborate with each other to build a united and peaceful nation where everybody would feel free and safe.
Mark gave the advice on Monday in his Eid-el-Maulud message to Nigerians signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan.
Mark said, “The celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed should renew our faith and bond of unity as one people, one nation, our diversities not withstanding.”
Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has enjoined Nigerians to imbibe the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and strive to live with one another in peace and harmony.
In a message issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mallam Imam, Tambuwal said just like the birth of the Prophet in Mecca ushered in a new dawn for humanity, Nigerians should view the occasion of this year’s Maulud Nabiyyi as an opportunity for a new beginning for the country.
He said, “I believe that we will make progress towards the realisation of our shared vision of a strong, united and prosperous nation if our people imbibe the prophet’s lessons of peace, tolerance, honesty, selflessness, sincerity, justice, equity and peaceful co-existence with others, including fairness to all”.
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed and the Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Mr Razak Atunwa urged muslims across the country to imbibe the virtues of forgiveness, love, piety, humility, transparency, tolerance and perseverance.
Also, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State has urged Muslims to uphold the tenets of peaceful coexistence and respect for all faith as professed by Prophet Mohammed.