DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has enjoined the Muslim Ummah to use the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration to pray for the nation’s quick recovery from its current economic recession, expressing confidence that Nigerians, working together, can heal the nation’s economy. He, however, noted that prayer alone is not enough since Islam advocates both work and prayer. Ekweremadu urged President Muhammadu Buhari to look beyond party affiliation and constitute a Special Economic Squad to rescue the nation from its present economoic meltdown. Ekweremadu, who stated these in his Eid-el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah, also noted that the present economic challenges are not beyond redemption, but could actually become the nation’s turning point away from an oil-driven economy to real prosperity if the right policies and structures are put in place. “I warned long ago that elections had come and gone and we should move from politics to governance. It is time for governance and we must bring all capable hands on deck irrespective of political, religious or ethnic background. “Nigerians are facing hard times and all they are interested in are positive results and urgent succour. They don’t care whether you are All Progressives Congress, APC, or Peoples Democratic Party, PDP
and whether you are north or south. The good news is that capable hands abound in the country. We must assemble them and give them the mandate and liberty to help the president’s team to revamp the nation’s economy”. The senator also commended security agencies for the security arrangements put in place to ensure a hitch-free sallah celebration. He stressed that the war against insurgency and crime is beyond partisan politics because terrorists and criminals do not consider party, religion and ethnicity in their orgies of violence and blood-letting against the nation. “My heart goes out in a special way to the men of the Nigerian Armed Forces who are waging a war against insurgents in the North-East. Through the successes of Operation Lafiya Dole, which has been able to consolidate on the efforts of the last administration, they have made it possible for Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, to begin their homeward journey. This is commendable and their families deserve all the love we can give at Eid-el- Kabir. “I commend the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, and indeed the entirety of the nation’s armed forces for the progress in this regard. It shows that Nigerians always win whenever they come together with determination on any matter whatsoever.”