As the Muslim faithful across Nigeria celebrate Eid-el-Kabir, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, has implored Nigerians to live in unity in order to overcome various challenges facing the country.
He also called for an end to various killings taking place in the country.
In a statement to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration, he expressed optimism that the country would bounce back from its challenges.
He also admonished Nigerians to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to learn lessons of sacrifice, love and tolerance.
According to Atiku: “Eid-el-Kabir teaches and reminds us of the meaning of sacrifice, love and forbearance with God and in our relationships with one another.
“The significance of the celebration is rooted in peaceful co-existence, mutual respect and tolerance. These are the virtues that we, as Nigerians, need to imbibe as we seek to heal our country of all shades of mistrust.
“We would not be able to fully appreciate the love from God if we allow the killing of the innocent souls and propagation of hateful rhetoric become a norm amongst us.”