Nigerian President, Muhammad Buhari, on Sunday, November 10, urged Muslims in the country to desist from vices that are contrary to the teachings and personal examples of the Prophet Muhammad as they celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
In a statement issued by his media aide, Garba, the president said the occasion of the Maulud celebration to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the president said 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.
Buhari stated that violent extremism by a minority of misguided elements who are using religion to cover-up their criminal agenda is posing a major challenge on the image of Islam. He urged Muslims in the country to frustrate and stop the spread of violent ideologies that are causing tragedies around the world.
The Nigerian leader advised Muslims not to allow their children to be lured and recruited by extremists. He wished Muslims a peaceful celebration and urged them to use this occasion to renew their resolve in promoting, love and peaceful coexistence in the country.