The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has called on all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to use this month of Ramadan to devote themselves to the almighty Allah. The Congress also appealed that the unity of Nigeria was non-negotiable, saying “we must be resilient in a one united nation in the interest of progress of our country by showing love to one another and sharing with those who lack as directed by Prophet Muhammed.”
The President of Congress, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, said in a statement made available to New Telegraph that the fasting period availed Muslims the opportunity to pray for peace in the country, and to also mend “our ways as individuals and as a country with our creator.” He added that this was the time to redouble “our efforts to our dear nation by seeing every Nigerian irrespective of their religious affiliations as brothers and sisters.” Piqued by the state of the country, he said that this was not the country of our dream. He lamented that impunity, selfishness, cronyism, religious intolerance and nepotism had eaten deep into the fabrics of “our development as a nation, hence creating serious division. “It is true that only Allah can help us overcome the challenges at hand, but as individuals we equally have a role to play.
“The significance of Ramadan is ‘sacrifices’ in the interest of others, it is about forgiveness, taking care of each other, this is lacking in the Nigeria of today. Hypocrisy, monumental corruption and deceit have become the order of the day; government must rise to its responsibility by taking care of its citizens. “Congress prays for the repose of the Secretary Gen-eral of the Congress, Comrade (Barr.) Musa Lawal Ozigi, mni, Kwara State Chairman, Comrade Akinsola, a dentist, Dr. Chinelo Nwando, and the release of all those who were abducted by terrorists in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack. “These barbaric act needs to be interrogated and culprits brought to justice. We are worried that it is still difficult for government to publish the exact number of victims caught up in the calamity. “When we reflect on Ramadan it should remind us that as a country, we need to be truthful, upright, honest and fear God. We must understand that our purpose in life here is to live in obedience to our Creator’s will. We all must take advantage that the period has provided to pray for the return of peace in the country; an end to terrorism and every form of disasters, because peace is sinegua- non to development,” he charged the Nigerians.