The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has enjoined the Muslim Ummah to use the occasion of the Eid-El Kabir to pray for the nation’s quick recovery from her current economic recession, expressing confidence that Nigerians, working together, could heal the nation’s economy.
He, however, noted that prayers alone, was not enough. Since Islam advocates both Work and Prayer, Ekweremadu urged President Muhammadu Buhari to look beyond party affiliation to constitute a Special Economic Squad to rescue the nation from present economic meltdown.Ekweremadu, who stated these in his Eid-El Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah, also noted that the present economic challenges were not beyond redemption, but could actually become the nation’s turning point away from an oil-driven economy to real prosperity if the right policies and structures were put in place.
He said: “I warned long ago that elections had come and gone and we should move from politics to governance. It is time for governance and we must bring all capable hands on the deck, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic backgrounds.
“Nigerians are facing hard times; and all they are interested in are positive results and urgent succour. They don’t care whether you are All Progressives Congress, APC, or Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and whether you are North or South. The good news is that capable hands abound in the country. We must assemble them and give them both the mandate and liberty to help the president's team to revamp the nation’s economy”.
The Senator also commended the nation’s security agencies for the security arrangements put in place to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.
He stressed that the war against insurgency and crime was beyond partisan politics because the terrorists and criminals do not consider party, religion, and ethnicity in their orgies of violence and blood-letting against the nation.
Ekweremadu added: “My heart goes out in a special way to the men of the Nigerian Armed Forces who are waging the war against insurgents in the North East. Through the successes of Operation Lafiya Dole, which has been able to consolidate on the efforts of the last administration, they have made it possible for the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to begin their homeward journey. This is commendable and their families deserve all the love we can give at Eid-El Kabir.
“I commend in the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin; and indeed the entirety of the nation’s Armed Forces for the progress in this regard. It shows that Nigerians always win whenever they come together with determination on any matter whatsoever.”
Ekweremadu called on the Muslim Ummah to emulate the uncommon sense of sacrifice of Prophet Ibrahim in their service to God and humanity.
He wished them and all Nigerians a happy Sallah celebration.