The Presidency has released an audio of President Muhammadu Buhari’s voice message to Nigerians on the occasion of Eid-el Fitr.
The clip was made public to dismiss reports that Buhari’s Eid-el Fitr statement released on Saturday by Garba Shehu, special assistant to the president on media and publicity, was not genuine.
Some Nigerians did not believe the President is healthy enough to speak to Nigerians, given his silence since he returned to London on May 7, 2017, for medical follow-up.
On Sunday, June 25, the BBC aired a recorded audio of the president’s message.
In the one minute, three seconds audio, Buhari whose voice was frail, spoke in Hausa.
The message was translated into English – see below.
“I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding us successfully to conclude another Ramadan fast. My greetings to all Nigerian Muslims and our brother Christians on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr.
May the lessons of Ramadan namely; piety, self-denial, prayers and generosity to the poor and needy be with us for all time.
I, again, appeal to all Nigerians to avoid reckless statements or actions against our fellow countrymen. We should all resolve to live in peace and unity in our great country, which is the envy of many less endowed nations.”