24nd December, 2018
In a time such as this, it is only very appropriate that we appreciate God for life and provisions. More deeply, it is indeed a wonderful time to celebrate our faith, family, togetherness as a country and the long-standing tradition of giving and receiving gifts from friends, families, organizations, etc.
While we appreciate government at their respective levels for their efforts at ensuring safety of lives and properties, payment of salaries and provision of infrastructure, it is imperative that they do not become numb to our myriads of challenges if they truly are appreciative of the virtues and principles Jesus Christ stood for.
The yuletide is a period people like traveling to visit their loved ones. Ironically in or clime it is also synonymous with yearly hikes and vices. The anniversary of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ should exude peace, joy, happiness, and not the pains and agonies we are made to go through. It is quite unfortunate that instead of addressing these issues our leaders seem to be playing politics at the expense of our lives. The internal wrangling within the political parties and insincerities are further tearing the country apart. We have lost the usual national cohesion and progress we so much desire.
It is our prayer that such disagreements would soon be settled so that as the electioneering campaigns gather momentum, each party would educate its members to ensure the next year’s elections are held under the atmosphere of peace and tranquility. We want to assume that all the Presidential aspirants may have good intentions for the country; however, Congress will like to remind them that in every national election, it is only one candidate who will emerge.
Finally, if you tear the country apart because of politics it then means that you never meant well for the country in the first place. The Congress wishes Nigerians well and warns against indulgences that could lead to any form of violence. We enjoin all Nigerians to however be vigilant even as we celebrate Christmas and New Year because the times ahead are perilous. The minimum wage to workers is being politicized by government and workers will not sleep on their rights.
On behalf of the Congress, we wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS: and pray the year 2019 brings us Peace, Prosperity, and fruitfulness through hard work. Enjoy a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama
Comrade (Barr.) Musa-Lawal Ozigi, mniSecretary General, TUC