You must avoid these things if you are a good Muslim – President Buhari

– President Muhammadu Buhari says indiscriminate killing of innocent people, the kidnapping of female students and forcing them into marriage is contrary to teachings the Prophet Muhammad

– Buhari notes that violent extremism by a minority of misguided elements who are using religion to cover-up their criminal agenda is posing a major challenge on the image of Islam

– The president urges Muslims in the country to frustrate and stop the spread of violent ideologies that are causing tragedies around the world

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, November 10, urged Muslims in the country to desist from vices that are contrary to the teachings and personal examples of the Prophet Muhammad.

Speaking in goodwill message issued through his media aide, Garba the occasion of the Maulud celebration to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the president said the indiscriminate killing of innocent people, the kidnapping of female students and forcing them into marriage and conversion is contrary to teachings and personal examples of the Prophet Muhammad.

Buhari stated that violent extremism by a minority of misguided elements who are using religion to cover-up their criminal agenda is posing a major challenge on the image of Islam.

He urged Muslims in the country to frustrate and stop the spread of violent ideologies that are causing tragedies around the world.

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The Nigerian leader advised Muslims not to allow their children to be lured and recruited by extremists.

He wished Muslims a peaceful celebration and urged them to use this occasion to renew their resolve in promoting, love and peaceful coexistence in the country.

Meanwhile, Simon Atigwe, a member of the House of Representatives from Enugu, has called on the federal government to extend the closure of all land borders to more than two years.

Atigwe said that the decision of the federal government will help Nigeria in two vital ways: checkmate the influx of arms into the country and push citizens back to agriculture, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The lawmaker stated that leaving Nigerian land borders porous will open the country up for unchecked smuggling, adding that China is where it is now economically because it closed its borders many decades ago.

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