President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday evening said Nigeria, though endowed with rich resources, needs peace to develop as a nation.
He has therefore urged religious leaders to intensify prayers for a better and progressive Nigeria.
He made the call when he hosted a cross section of Islamic Clerics to breaking of Ramadan fast at his residence, in Aso Rock, Presidential Villa.
Buhari who recalled his last meeting with the Islamic scholars during the last Ramadan period in 2015, said he had similar meetings with Christian Clerics before the Ramadan period, noting that the meeting brought meaningful developmental ideas on how best to move the nation forward.
“I’m very pleased we have actually met. Before the Ramadan I met our Christian brothers, from all over the country and we exchanged ideas with them.
“I’m very pleased, we realized that this is our problem; the country’s problem is our problem. Nobody will solve it for us. We pray very hard to God. We work very hard and let us continue that way.
“I believe the riches God endows unto Nigeria, we will realize; our children will realize; our great grand children will realize.
“If we have problems, this is the only country we have. I said it more than 30 years ago. We quickly go out, we go to pray in Saudi Arabia, we go maybe to other developed countries, but this is home.
“This is where God put us and we have to stay here and pray many times per day for God to guide us so that we can leave a better country to the next generation”, he said.
President Buhari urged the clerics to continue to preach the virtues of peace, tolerance and understanding among their followers to ensure speedy transformation of the country.
Chief Imam of Zone 3 Juma’at Mosque, Imam Tajudeen Mohammad, who spoke on behalf of the Islamic Clerics, assured they will continue to pray for peace and rapid development of the country.
Mohammad commended the President for taking radical measures in dealing with the numerous challenges facing the country.
“Our lamentation was on the state of the nation and then the insecurity in the country. We emphasized on this table to you, sir, that you should take radical measures towards solving the malaise of problems and other vices facing the nation.
“Today, we are happy to be here and to tell you that God has given you the opportunity in dealing with the problems”, he said.
He further assured that they would continue to pray for the president to enable him to tackle other socio-economic challenges being experienced by Nigerians.