President Muhammadu Buhari has on Sunday spoken to Muslims during his Eid-el-Kabir message to the nation, expressing concerns that violent extremist ideas sometimes shown by some Muslims give Islam a wrong name. He, therefore, urged them to distance themselves from those who preach violence.

Buhari’s message was made available by his Special Assistant On New Media, Bashir Ahmad, via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad

The President stated, “I wish all Muslims in Nigeria and around the world happy and joyous Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

“The greatest commitment Muslims can show to Islam is to put its good virtues into practice, and to make justice and righteousness the guiding principle of everyday life.

“Muslims should strive to be the mirror through which others see the good virtues of our faith.

The President stated, “I wish all Muslims in Nigeria and around the world happy and joyous Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

“The greatest commitment Muslims can show to Islam is to put its good virtues into practice, and to make justice and righteousness the guiding principle of everyday life.

“Muslims should strive to be the mirror through which others see the good virtues of our faith.

“As our armed forces get more equipped and trained, in addition to being more motivated and reinvigorated, this administration is relentlessly committed to protecting Nigerians, no matter what it takes to bring a permanent end to this evil.

“And this assurance applies not only to Boko Haram terrorism, but also to the challenges of kidnapping, cultism and other forms of banditry.

“All will be dealt with uncompromisingly, until we see the back of these evils plaguing our country.”