Nigerians have been called to tolerate one another and pray for the peace and unity of the country, as Muslim faithful celebrate the important festival of Eid al-Fitr
The call was made by the Nigeria Union of Journalists FCT Council on Thursday.
In a statement signed by Chairman of Council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, and Ochiaka Ugwu, Secretary, the Union also called on its Muslim members to use the occasion to prayer for the security and peace of the territory and country at large.
The statement which was sent to ALSC equally urged tolerance and kindness amongst all peoples and religions, stressing that these were virtues without borders.
“We are at a very difficult period in the Federal Capital Territory and Nigeria as a whole with serious security challenges coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic. This Eid Fitr offers an opportunity for our Muslim colleagues to take these issues in prayers to Allah and seek His mercy and goodness.
“This is an opportunity to be exemplary in prayers, kind deeds, tolerance and other virtues that promote the wellbeing of our various communities.
“As journalists, we should also use this Sallah period to report objectively and tell truth to power. We should challenge the government on poor and failing infrastructures, insecurity and other issues that threaten our common existence,” the statement added.
It further stated that while Sallah was one of thanksgiving and festivity, journalists should not forget to stay out of harms’ way as well as not expose themselves to situations that could expose them to the coronavirus pandemic.
“As a Council, we urge you to be mindful of your surroundings and not be drawn in by the festive mood, thereby compromising your safety and health. It is incumbent you take all precautions to stay safe as well as your loved ones especially against the deadly Covid-19.
“We assure you that we will continue to work for your common good and wish you the best of the season,” it concluded.