The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) heartily congratulates all Muslim faithfuls on the occasion of celebration of another SALLAH and enjoins them to have a sober reflection because of the challenge posed by the COVID -19 pandemic which has not only claimed lives but also collapsed the world economy.
We especially wish to thank the president whom in his wisdom has told people to pray in their houses to further curtail the spread of the virus and also maintain the prescription of the World Health Organization (WHO), Ministry of Health and other health professionals.
The world is in a dire strait and as true Muslims adherence to teaching of the holy Quran and the lessons from the life of the prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) can help heal our wound. We must show love to one another now more than ever before. Also, Nigerians must maintain peace, a corruption-free society and love one another irrespective of religious affinities to forge ahead.
We call on the Federal Government and other tiers of government to rise up to the task of rebuilding the economy; deal with the issue of tribalism, nepotism, corruption, religious intolerance that plagued the country before now. The COVID-19 was just an additional plague. If we miss the opportunity of redirecting our affairs now we may never get it right again. It is not a curse. As a people we must all submit ourselves to the will of the Almighty God, knowing that He alone can help us to overcome the present challenges no matter how thorny or weighty they may appear at the moment.
The essence of the celebrations include, amongst others; living sacrificial lives, sincere initiation and implementation of worthy policies by public officers. We must imbibe the live-and-let-live attitude rather than denying other people their rights, etc. We must not allow corruption, greed and avarice that have brought both the economy and the average Nigerian to their knees to continue. It is ungodly. We must not wear the garb of sainthood during fasting periods and manifest the contrary soon after. It is called hypocrisy.
Finally, we wish to state here that we are against getting loans from China. Some African countries have rejected their loan offers because of the conditionalities attached, why is ours different? We must be circumspect. There is no free lunch even in Freetown. We are yet to see what was done with the collected loans, repatriated monies, donations and grants. This is not the time to spend on frivolities.
Once again the Congress wishes all Nigerians happy SALLAH celebration.
Comrade Quadri Olaleye, FCIA
Comrade (Barr) Musa-Lawal Ozigi, mni
Secretary General, TUC