Former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the high rate of insecurity in the country has greatly discouraged local and foreign investments.
Saraki said the rising cases of attacks in the country has become a distraction at a time when the country needed to improve on the lives of its citizenry.
He stated this in a message signed by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, made available to Tribune Online on Saturday to commemorate the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir celebration, Tribune reports.
Saraki urged Nigerian Muslims to devote their prayers during the Eid-el-Kabir festival to call on “Almighty Allah to end the numerous security challenges facing the country and further restore unity among the citizenry.”
He further urged them to devote their supplication to Allah to the issue of the full restoration of peace and unity across the country.
The former Senate President further called on all Nigerians to work for unity and peace as these two elements are important for the survival of the country and her ability to play her destined role as a continental leader.
Saraki said: “At a time when we should devote all resources and attention to the revival of the economy, rebuilding of infrastructure and provision of social services, all of which will improve the standard of living of the people, the security situation has become a major distraction.
“The worsening security situation is in fact a disincentive to foreign and local investment. That is why at this point, Muslims and Christians should come together to pray for the insurgency in the North-East zone, rising incidents of kidnapping and other security problems to end.
“Let me at this point congratulate our Muslim brothers and sisters across the country for the grace of witnessing another Eid-el-Kabir.
“As we celebrate this important festival, we should not forget the symbolisms and lessons of obedience to Allah, sharing of our God-given wealth with the less privileged, being our brother’s keeper and living in peace with our neighbors which are represented in the story of the revered Prophet Ibrahim (ASW), the man around whom the festival is built,” Saraki added.