Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has urged Muslims in the country to portray Islam positively through the spirit of tolerance and commitment to peaceful coexistence in their everyday conducts.
In a release from his media made available to the media, the Turaki Adamawa denied making any statement on the ragging rift between the principal officers of the National Assembly and the federal government through the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) credited to him recently.
In his goodwill Sallah message to Nigerian Muslims to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting period, the former Vice President notes that the lessons of this Holy month should be taken beyond the celebration.
According to him, “Self-discipline and love for fellow human beings is one of the important virtues of the Ramadan fasting period, These virtues should not desert our hearts because the event has come to an end.”
The Turaki Adamawa also advises Muslims and indeed all Nigerians to continue to show patience with the Muhammadu Buhari administration, which he says is aware of hardships they were passing through, adding however that their support for the government would ultimately yield dividends.
He says President Buhari should be commended for the courageous measures he has taken to ensure public funds meant for the welfare of the people and development of the country are not stolen and diverted to private pockets of individuals.
He assures Nigerians that their patience will yield dividends, adding that “every change comes with initial challenges, pains and sacrifices for a better tomorrow.”
While refuting the recent statement attributed to him over the battle of supremacy between the Senate and the Attorney General of the Federation, his media adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, said that the former Vice President was taken by surprise by a purported statement attributed to him in the media.
“The last time Atiku Abubakar issued a statement on National Assembly matters was on July 2, 2015, when he called for an amicable resolution of crisis of confidence from the election of principal officers, which bitterly divided the party leaders and their supporters.
That statement was titled “It is time to shift ground and move to the centre”
“It was not within Atiku Abubakar’s power to intervene in support of either side when his intervention was not sought. Although the Turaki Adamawa didn’t welcome any row between the executive branch and the legislature, which causes needless distractions at the expense of governance issues demanding attention, his July 2, 2015 statement over internal party tension should not be twisted, reworked and attributed to him in order to make it look like he made a recent comment on the NASS vs AG crisis of confidence,” Ibe noted.