… As Legal practitioner urges Nigerians to develop inner strength for unity***
Prof. Adesoji Adesugba, Managing Director, Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), has implored staff to use the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to rededicate their lives to service, trust and commitment to work.
Adesugba gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja, in his message on the occasion of the 2021 Eid-El-Kabir celebration to NEPZA staff.
“It is with great sense of brotherliness and duty that I, the Managing Director, congratulate all staff of the Authority, particular the Muslims among us on this year’s Eid-El-Kabir celebration.
“Let us see ourselves as brothers and sisters and shun religious bigotry, tribalism, nepotism and all retrogressive virtues that can only draw us back as a people,” he urged.
According to him, the occasion re-echoes the trial and victory of Prophet Ibrahim by the Almighty God who commanded him to offer his son as a sacrifice.
He noted that the significance of Allah’s command to Ibrahim was simply a test of his patience, commitment, love, obedience and trust towards Allah’s precepts.
“Suffice to say that, Prophet Ibrahim’ s success of the trial bestows on us the Children, the leverage to continually celebrate and reap Allah’s Grace and reward from the occasion,” he added.
Furthermore, he reminded the staff that the task of repositioning the Authority remained a team work.
“I urge all hands to be on deck as we carry out this onerous task to fast track the country’s economic growth and industrialisation,” Adesugba said.
In another development, Mr Anthony Agbonlahor, a Constitutional lawyer based in Abuja, says Nigerians should use this Eid season to develop the inner strength required to foster peace and unity of Nigeria.
The lawyer said this in an interview with the newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Agbonlahor said developing the strength from within was needed to overcome the challenges of daily living and to help sustain the peace and unity the nation so much needed from its citizens.
According to him, what is needed is a little effort and ability to stay calm, proactive and positive during challenging circumstances.
“Strength comes from within and, if it is not developed and harnessed, it will remain dormant and inactive while we continue to blame circumstances and apportion blames to others.
“If we are true to ourselves, true to our faith as believers, we will find the strength to love, to tolerate and respect each other even though our opinions differ,’’ Agbonlahor said.
The legal practitioner maintained that the unity of the country would be sustained and enhanced if Nigerians learnt to demonstrate the peace and love in themselves with one another.
He also said developing good friendship with peaceful neighbourliness this season was the way to go.
“Everyone likes to be loved, to be genuinely concerned about, and if this is allowed to thrive this country will be a much better place.”
Speaking further, he said Nigerians should play their parts in the larger society by imbibing peaceful values, speaking peace and being peaceful to enhance and sustain a peaceful society.
“We cannot speak peace, live in peace without actually experiencing such peace,” he said.
The lawyer added that for all these to be possible, Nigerians must search their soul, reach deep down and find that inner strength.
“Through this means comes tolerance, mutual respect and peaceful coexistence,’’ he said.