President Muhammadu Buhari in his Sallah message urged Nigerian Muslim's to continue to keep good relationship with their Christian brothers and sisters.
While Buhari saluted Nigerians for their steadfastness inspite of the economic crunch, he blamed the economic recession on the inability of past governments to plan and save for the rainy day.
Buhari said, "Fellow Compatriots, as you celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir, I salute your steadfastness in spite of the difficult economic times the country is going through.
"The lessons of the Eid are piety and sacrifice and, my dear brothers and sisters, you have exhibited these in equal measure.
"The present recession is as a result of cumulative effects of worldwide economic downturn and failure in the past to plan and save for difficult times. It is impossible to separate the present from the past to appreciate the extent to which mistakes of the past are affecting everyday life today.
President Buhari reaffirmed the commitment of his administration in changing the fortunes of the country while reeling out some measures his administration is taking to stimulate the economy.
"I assure you that this administration is working round the clock to remove the hardships the country is going through.
"Rail and road constructions, projects in the housing sector, support for farmers and for small and medium scale industries, youth and women's empowerment programmes, support for revival of industries are all designed to reinvigorate the economy and enhance living standards of ordinary people.
We are getting security right. We are stopping corruption in its tracks and we will get the economy right by the Grace of God," he added.
While wishing Nigerians a happy holiday, the President enjoined Muslims to live by the dictates of Islam, to keep good relationships with their Christian brothers and sisters and as patriots to maintain the spirit of the Nigerian nation.