Being the full text of the Sallah Message of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC], Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni to the Nigerian people.
On behalf of the Nigeria Labour Congress, I wish to congratulate the good people of Nigeria, especially, workers on the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr which marks the end of the Ramadan Fast.
The Ramadan Fast, one of the obligations of Islam, avails the Muslim faithful a great opportunity of self-discipline, humility, sharing, piety, scholarship, and strengthening of one's relationship with Allah.
The celebration of Eid-el-Fitr therefore represents obedience to Allah, renewal of faith, service, and the imbibing of higher moral values.
The importance of Eid-el-Fitr therefore should not be lost on us. More than ever before, these lessons are relevant in our personal and public lives if we are to make progress as a nation.
I therefore urge all Nigerians, Muslims and non- Muslims alike to use the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr to reflect on the state of the nation with a view to confronting the numerous challenges that beset us.
I have no doubt that with discipline, piety, humility, scholarship, good neighbourliness or a sense of consideration for others and renewal of our faith in God, that we shall prevail.
Eid-el-Fitr avails us an opportunity to deepen our faith in our country and our belief in ourselves to fight the vices that divide us as well as stifle national development such as:
- social injustices,
- politics of exclusion and,
- other vices
… just as it avails us an opportunity to experience the pains and pangs of hunger of the poor, the deprived and the excluded.
In light of the above, I urge all of us Nigerians to consider this Eid-el-Fitr as a clarion call to higher service to this great nation so we could have electricity, potable water, shelter, jobs, security, good roads, rail, a strong economy, and above all, a sense of belonging.
Let us make Nigeria work again.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni