President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has urged Boko Haram insurgents and other groups trying to destabilise the country to shelf their sword and embrace peace.
Saraki gave the call in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja to commemorate this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
The Senate President in the statement advised Nigerians against the use of violence to express grievances.
According to Saraki, the current socio-economic challenges facing the country can only be surmounted through prayers.
The statement reads, “I urge all Nigerians, across religious divides, to remain steadfast, prayerful and patriotic. The virtues of moderation, piety, regular supplication to Allah and being our brother’s keeper should subsist beyond the Ramadan. Beyond this, every Nigerian should seek to contribute to rebuilding the nation with renewed vigour.
“I also urge Boko Haram insurgents and other agents of destabilisation across the country to retrace their steps and give peace a chance in the spirit of the Eid-el-Fitri.
“Again, Nigerians who nurse one grudge or the other against the state should seek for legitimate and peaceful means of expressing their grievances so that it will be possible for their position to be better understood and addressed through constructive dialogue.
“Similarly, let us all refrain from using violence to express our stand on issues. Violence only destroys; it does not build. Let us also shun greed and other vices capable of undermining the socio-political growth of our dear nation.”