As Muslims commence the 30-day fasting called Ramadan, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday promised Nigerians that his administration would work towards bringing relief to their lives.
He said he would achieve this through palliative measures and faithful implementation of the 2016 national budget.
Buhari made the promise in his Ramadan message made available to journalists by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
According to the President, no elected government would intentionally want to make life difficult for the people that gave it the mandate to serve.
Buhari was also quoted as advising Muslims to use the holy month of Ramadan as opportunity for seeking forgiveness and getting closer to Allah through worship and good deeds.
He described the month of Ramadan as a time of spiritual reawakening which demands not only abstention from food and drinks, but also all wrongdoing in their lives.
The President explained that he is always disturbed why people seek to make brisk profits by hiking food prices as soon as the month of Ramadan starts.
He called on Muslim traders, businessmen and women, civil servants and political office holders to use the month of Ramadan to seek forgiveness of God by abandoning wrong practices for personal gains at the expense of others.
“According to the President, a religion should serve as a moral restraint from bad practices, regretting that those stealing national resources are merely paying lip service to religion.
“He advised that anybody holding position of trust should primarily remember that they would be accountable one day either on earth or the hereafter,” the statement read.