As Nigerians mark Eld Kabir celebration, the Muslims in Abia state have urged the federal government to step up measures towards alleviating the suffering of Nigerian masses.
They, however, expressed worry over the increasing poverty level in the country, advising the government to lay more emphasis on ameliorating the hardship being faced by the people.
This was contained in a Sallah message issued to newsmen by the leader of Muslim community in Abia, Alhaji Suleiman Ukandu and forwarded to DAILY POST on Tuesday morning.
They equally called on the government to redouble its efforts towards addressing insecurity in the country.
The Eld-el-Kabir message reads,”We call for peace to reign and for us to step up the need for unity of the country. But not the unity that do not favour all, a unity that ensures that all the component parts of the country, all the federating units are carried along.
“Let all and sundry feel the impact and import of being Nigerians. And also, the security of the country is in near collapse. The government should bring out mechanism that will ensure the security of lives and property of our people. The federal government should look inwards towards revolving the local vigilante, empowering the locals to ensure there is security in their own domain.
“We urge the federal government to look at the poverty level our people are subjected to. They should lay more emphasis on alleviating the suffering of the masses, rather than politicking, resuscitation of bitterness among the political class.
“We should also look at the economy, which is in a very serious retrogression, to step up mechanism that will ensure a private-driven economy. It will enable our teeming youths who are coming out from the tertiary institutions to have access to employment. Because overburden on Bureaucracy cannot give us the minimum level of employment of our citizenry.
“We should do what it takes to direct our energy towards a private driven economy backed up by a robustful foreign direct investment. And for us to do that, we have to go back to ensure there is adequate security in our country.”