Businesses, public and private offices across the country are expected to fully resume business today, following the expiration of the Sallah break, which was further prolonged by the weekend break.
Specifically, the city of Abuja has been deserted since last week Wednesday, following the mass exodus of the residents who had travelled to take full opportunity of the public holidays declared by the federal government to celebrate with their families and loved ones.
Nigerian Pilot correspondent who visited major motor parks in Abuja, observed increase in vehicles coming into the city from different part of the country, most 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, thanking God for the return of the annual celebration.
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 part of Nigeria, as regards the continued unleash of terror to the communities by Boko Haram insurgents, many passengers visited the place to spend time with the loved ones.
“We recorded a significant demand for vehicles heading up north on Wednesday 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 the service. Some of the drivers have returned with good news.
“Yesterday, (Sunday) we recorded high return of passengers whom apparently have spent the past four days holidaying in their country homes. Some have equally returned with different kind of food stuff that they might have gotten from their people to share with their friends, colleagues and neighbours” he said.
A passenger, who identified himself as Mallam Awalu, while interacting with Nigerian Pilot correspondent upon return from Gombe expressed his sympathy with the level of decadence in his local.
“The Boko Haram menace has rendered my people hopeless. Lives and economic activities have been lost with these attacks by the insurgents who have vowed to wipe out my generation but thank God for the success so far made by the military” he said.
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.