President Muhammadu Buhari has
felicitated with Muslim Ummah, Nigerians of all faiths and the followers of Islam across the world on the occasion of on Tuesday Eid-ul-maulud.
He however admonish Media houses to use the occasion, which is the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him, to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures.
Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity disclosed this on Monday in a message to mark the occasion, Tuesday, 19th October, a public holiday throughout the Federation.
The Nigeria leader, reassured that “significant gains are being made in combating insecurity” and appealed to “road users to drive with care and avoid needless accidents”, adding that security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free festivity.
According to him, “The President uses the occasion to give a snapshot of the increased activities the Armed Forces, Police Force, and intelligence agencies have embarked upon to effectively respond to the security challenges in the nation.
“He (Buhari) says the government fully expects and intends for these trends to continue, and calls on the media to address the tone, content, and standards of reporting into security and safety measures. Time has come to revise the prefixes “rising insecurity” with “declining insecurity”.
“The President adds that increased cooperation and collaboration from the citizenry, coupled with reinvigorated, dynamic, and energized police, security and military leadership is helping the administration score more victories against terror, criminality, and economic sabotage. The reality of declining insecurity should replace the inaccurate narrative of rising insecurity in the Country.
“While there is work to do, the men and women in uniform who are helping the nation to achieve this goal, desire our collective appreciation and encouragement to do even more. The whole country and its mass communications systems have a duty in this regard,” the President stated.
The President also urged Muslims to strive for “forgiveness and closeness to the noble life and teachings of the Prophet (SAW) whose birthday is being marked on this blessed day. On this auspicious occasion, I wish you all the blessings of today”.