In celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians, Muslims especially, to learn the virtue of patience even in the face of provocation, and peacefully coexist with people of other faiths, just like the Prophet Muhammad lived in his time.
Buhari appealed on Friday in his goodwill message to Muslims on the occasion of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.
The message was contained in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The President explained that “the prophet became famous for his life of humility, justice, and fairness,” explaining that the Prophet demonstrated “a remarkable life of patience under provocation and honored treaties with non-Muslims for peaceful coexistence.”
However, he urged Muslims to “practice the noble and shining virtues of the Prophet”, saying that “the best way to honor him is to follow his good examples.”
According to President Buhari, “the Prophet attracted people to Islam through personal examples of honesty, trustworthiness, justice, patience, and tolerance.”
He added that “honesty was one of Muhammad’s greatest virtues and every good Muslim should follow his examples.”