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President Mohammadu Buhari greets Muslims as they celebrate Eid Kabir, urge them
to put the virtues of Islam into practice.

A statement obtained from a verified facebook account of  the Special Adviser to the president on media
and publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, and that which was signed by his special
Assistant on Media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Muslims should put
its good virtues into practice, and by making justice and righteousness the
guiding principles of their every-day life.

“In his Eid el-Kabir Sallah message to Muslims in the country,
President Buhari explained that “we should be the mirror through which others
see the good virtues of our faith.’’
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According to him,
“Islam is a religion of peace and we should avoid violent extremist ideas that
give Islam a wrong name because our conduct leave more lasting positive
impressions than what we say by word of mouth.’’
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Shehu said the President regretted that “violent extremism is
the greatest challenge facing Islam today and the only way it can  neutralize its evil influence is  for Muslims to distance their selves from the activities and teachings of those who preach indiscriminate violence against innocent people, adding  that this flies in the face of the teachings
of Islam.’’

He advised parents to “protect their children from the deadly
exposure to violent extremists who manipulate and exploit those children for
their own evil agenda.’’

Shehu quoted the president as saying “we noted that “Boko Haram
has become a deadly force and a major security scourge because of Muslim societies
were indifferent from the beginning to the activities of extremist preachers
who manipulate innocent and gullible followers.’’
He said that “extremism is like cancer, which must be detected
and destroyed from its early stages of growth.’’
“The President, however, assured Nigerians that the Boko Haram
terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of banditry “would be dealt with
uncompromisingly until we see the back of these evils plaguing our country.’’
He said Despite occasional setbacks’’, the President explained
that “the Boko Haram militants have been so militarily weakened and scattered
by our Armed Forces that they are no longer in a position to occupy any part of
Nigeria, let alone hoist their flag and impose their reign of terror longer
than 24 hours.’’

“As our armed forces get more equipped and trained, in addition
to being more motivated and reinvigorated, this administration is relentlessly
committed to protecting Nigerians no matter what it takes to bring a permanent
end to this evil,’’.

The presidential spokesman said President Mohammadu Buhari advised
Muslims to be tolerant and continue to work for peace, unity, national
integration, and peaceful coexistence.

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