President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the military was close to defeating terrorists, masquerading under the name of Islam.
“Victory is within sight,” Buhari announced yesterday in his Sallah message to Nigerians as the Holy month of Ramadan reaches its end.
Muslims will officially mark the Eid-el-Fitr on Monday after 30 days of fasting to grow spiritually and get closer to Allah and their loved ones.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, sent his best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world celebrating the occasion.
He said that with the end of the fast,” we have cause to welcome the occasion( Eid-el-Fitri) in hope.
Buhari described the war against insurgents and their allies as “long and hard,” saying that with the designation of bandits as terrorists, the challenges of banditry and kidnapping were being tackled differently in the Northwest and Northcentral.
The statement reads in part: ”As the Holy month of Ramadan reaches its end and Muslims mark the Eid, President Buhari sends his best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world celebrating the occasion:
“After a period of fasting and reflection this year, we have cause to welcome the occasion in hope.
”The battle waged against terrorists who falsely masquerade under the name of Islam is approaching its conclusion.
“The fight has been long and hard. The final victory is within sight. Boko Haram and its offshoots’ final embers are now fading.