As the end of two days public holidays declared by the Federal Government for Muslims to celebrate the Eid-el- Fitri, civil servants and commercial activities are expected to kick in full today.
Also, the roads in the city centre are expected to be busy again, as against the practice on Friday and Monday when the streets were empty, as a result of the Sallah holidays.
Nigerian Pilot’s visit to major motor parks in Abuja observed increase in vehicles coming into the city from different parts of the country, especially from the northern and southern parts of the country.
While some people hoped for a low key Sallah celebration due to the economic situation of the country, others insisted on enjoying themselves to the fullest, having completed the Ramadan fasting.
An official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, in Jabi who identified himself as Yunusa told Nigerian Pilot that people fully made use of the holidays, especially in travelling to their country homes to see their loved ones.
He was surprised that despite the heightened tension in northern parts of Nigeria, as regards the continued unleash of terror to the communities by Boko Haram insurgents, many passengers visited the places to spend time with their loved ones.
“We recorded a significant demand for vehicles heading up north on Friday to the point that we ran of vehicles going to Yobe, Adamawa, Bauchi and other parts. We had to bring in vehicles from other routes to convey people to that part of the country. Some of them were skeptical but with encouragement from some of us, some of the drivers summoned courage to serve our passengers when they needed it. Some of the drivers have returned with good news.
Apart from the terror attacks on his people, he said that communal clash and other unreported Fulani herdsmen attacks on his community have equally shattered the hope of his people. “No economic activity is going in my place. You can’t believe that before you buy matches, you have to walk long distances to get that because the Ibos who sell that have left the village for the safety of their lives,” he said.

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