The National President of Association of Nigeria License Customs Agent (ANLCA), Hon. Tony Iju Nwabunike in a felicitation message to Muslim Faithfuls in commemoration of ,this year EID EL FITRI has said that the celebration which marks the end of a month long Ramadan fast period is instructive in our national life as Nigerians.
Hon. Nwabunike said that the Muslim brothers and sisters have gone through a period of self denial, persistently praying and always giving alms to the needy in line with the dictates of their faith.
According to Nwabunike 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).
His message reads in part “As a Catholic, our lent 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.
“Going by way of a homily to address our secular audience in the maritime, aviation and total logistics sectors, I want to urge politicians, and public servants superintending over us, who are adherents of the faiths to lead Nigeria with the fear of God.
“Obedience to rules governing our operations is the key to unlock the many untapped but identified channels of successes”.
Speaking more concerning the Maritime Sector, he said “Anytime I hear the word compliance as a parlance in our trade area used in addressing private sector players, I feel a sense of narrow minded expression by the users of such mode of communication .
“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 said
He however advised the Muslim faithfuls not to relent in doing the right thing as the fasting period comes to an end “Specifically for our Muslim brethren, Eid El Fitri 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” he added.