President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that God had a purpose for bringing people from different ethnic backgrounds into one country, Nigeria.
Buhari stated this at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday while receiving the Imam of the Mosque of the Holy Prophet in Medina, Sheikh Abdul-Muhsin Muhammad Al-Qassimi.
The president, who described social justice and fairness as key to the unity of the country, assured that his government would continue to promote unity and peaceful co-existence of all Nigerians by ensuring fairness and social justice to all.
“God knows best- a population of 180 million people comprising more than 300 ethnic groups many of them with cultural ties stronger than religion can only co-exist peacefully in an atmosphere of social justice," he said.
Citing several personal life lessons from the nation’s political crisis in 1966, the civil war, his incarceration for three-and half-years in solitary detention as well as his attempts to win presidential election, Buhari said he had learnt ‘‘an important lesson about social justice.’’
The president, who urged Nigerian Muslims and all other citizens to imbibe and practise social justice as a norm, prayed that Allah guide his government in doing the same.
“I pray that God gives us the courage to be fair to people he put in our charge so that we can enjoy his mercy,’’ President Buhari said.