The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, has charged Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of love, peace and sacrifice, as demonstrated by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for unity and prosperity of the country.
The Labour Center appealed to all Nigerians to shun those who for selfish reasons fan the embers of primordial sentiments tear the country apart, dwarfing its growth, development making the country rank low among the comity of nations. The Congress said the challenge of the country can only be surmounted when everyone come together in unity.
In a statement, the President of Congress, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, FCIA, Mnim expressed worry that those who should sue for peace in most cases are behind our troubles, declaring that until we are committed to the course of building a strong economy and secured country the present situation may even get worse. “There was a time in this country people country could travel to the length and breathe of the country for businesses and other activities. Tourism contributed significantly to the Gross Domestic Products, GDP, and Capita Per Income was something admirable and standard of living and quality of life was good, unlike what we have now, he remarked.
Comrade Olaleye said that the time has come for every Nigerian, especially those in the position of authority to take responsibility for the development of the country, adding that partaking in religious activities alone is not enough; rather “we all should practice what the Holy Quran teach and stop living hypocritic lives”.
He expressed dismay that this year’s celebration is being observed amidst extraordinary circumstances following the recent attack on Kuje, Abuja prison, which led to the fleeing of hundreds of Boko Haram members and other criminals. “The whereabout of these terrorists are unknown, so there is the tendency that people will be somehow apprehensive while moving around; parks may not be able to open and operate fully and the social interactions which are customary during Eid celebrations will be restricted.’’
The labour leader charged that everyone turn a new leaf that the period of the Eid celebration is a clarion call for Nigerians to imbibe the lessons of the season such as selfless service to God and humanity as well as a sincere commitment to righteous conducts in private and public life.