BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has tasked Nigerians on taking responsibility as active participants in the Federal Government’s fight against insecurity and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the country.
He also said that as people of faith, Nigerians must continue to seek the face of God Almighty in “our various national wars as we strive to make Nigeria a comfortable home for all its citizens.”
Senator Lawan made call in his Sallah message, assuring that the National Assembly (NASS) is collaborating with the Executive arm in addressing the pandemic and insecurity as they affects the nation’s economy and general public system.
“As we celebrate the feast of sacrifice with worship, I enjoin us to be mindful of the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic and adhere strictly to the safety protocols prescribed by our public health authorities”, the statement said.
The Senate President’s 2020 Sallah message read thus: “I heartily felicitate with all Nigerians and in particular the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of this year’s Eid El Kabir.
“Eid El Kabir, Islam’s feast of sacrifice, is very significant to our faith as it reminds us of the imperative of unconditional obedience to Allah, the Most Merciful.
“Through total submission to His will, we can confidently confront our challenges as individuals and as a nation, assured that Allah will intervene decisively at the most appropriate moment.
“As people of faith, therefore, let us continue to seek the face of the Almighty in our various national wars, be they against insecurity or the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we strive to make Nigeria a comfortable home for all its citizens.
“As we celebrate the feast of sacrifice with worship, I enjoin us to be mindful of the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic and adhere strictly to the safety protocols prescribed by our public health authorities.
“The National Assembly is collaborating with the Executive in responding to the pandemic as it affects our economy and general public system.
“Those of us in leadership positions must continue to be aware of our covenant of service with the Nigerian people. On our part as your elected representatives and lawmakers, we pledge to always respect your trust and serve your best interests.
“In this regard, the National Assembly in the past one year, has passed many bills and resolutions and conducted many public hearings to strengthen the operations of government and enhance public service delivery.
“We shall continue on the same path and are confident of making the desired impacts, with your understanding and invaluable support.
“While wishing you all a happy festival, I again urge us to celebrate responsibly, in line with the general dictates of our faith and in the spirit of the august occasion.”
Signed: Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan PhD, CON, President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria Thursday, 30th July, 2020