… Felicitates with Muslims over Eid-El-Fitr celebration
As Muslims in Nigeria and elsewhere continue to celebrate this year’s Eid-El-Fitr to mark the end of a month long Ramadan fast, the National President of the Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA), Iju Tony Nwabunike has called on politicians and public servants superintending over the affairs of the country to lead Nigeria with the fear of God.
Nwabunike who made the call in a message to the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of this year’s Eid-El-Fitr celebration equally addressed the secular audience in the nation’s maritime, aviation and the total logistics chain reminding them that obedience to rules governing their operations were the keys to unlock the many untapped but identified channels of successes in the sector.
He posited that anytime he heard the word compliance as a parlance in the nation’s trade area used in addressing the private sector players, he felt a sense of narrow minded expression by the users of such mode of communication.
The ANLCA boss added that, “Government agencies owe Nigeria and Nigerians the duty to be compliant by discharging their duties without fear or favour and totally avoiding compromise of their positions for personal gains.”
“A holistic compliance will make technology work for us and present us truly as nation builders who obey the teachings of our religious leanings”, he added.
While pointing out that the Eid-El-Fitr celebration which marked the end of a month long Ramadan fast was instructive in the national life as Nigerians, he, however, acknowledged that Muslim brethren had gone through a period of self denial, persistently praying and always giving alms to the needy in line with the dictates of their faith.
He said, “These great virtues, which rubs on our national life, teaches us piety ,love, tolerance and selflessness associated with the teachings of the revered Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
“Whereas as a Catholic, our lenten period this year coincided with many days of the Ramadan month, I know that the good works believers practiced during fasting can be sustained and continued after the fasting period.
“If we shunned schisms, showed more love and did works of charity during Ramadan, we can continue in that path forever as a way of re-creating a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.
“Specifically for our Muslim brethren, Eid-El-Fitr should not be seen as the end of being nice until the next Ramadan comes. It should not be a leeway to return to deviance and disobedience.
“We all have roles in building our country and the trying times we have found ourselves places enormous responsibilities on our shoulders.”
Photo: Iju Tony Nwabunike, ANLCA National President.
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