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General Strike takes effect in Osogbo, Osun State

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As the general strike called upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) takes effect, it is reported that most public and private organizations in Osogbo, Osun State’s capital, have complied.

A check by our correspondent revealed that though shops and kiosks opened for businesses, gates of public primary and secondary schools were closed. Also, the gates of public health facilities were under lock as the usual crowd of patients were absent.

The labor organizations had declared an indefinite strike starting from Monday, June 3, 2024, following a breakdown in negotiations with the Federal Government over the minimum wage and other issues affecting the workers and the generality of Nigerians.

Private schools in Osogbo, however, operated as confirmed to **DAILY POST** by a school proprietress, Florence Ogunsola. She said, “The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) gave us the go-ahead to open our schools. NAPPS assured us of security, hence the continuation of our operations.”

Also, commercial transporters and operators of popular mini-buses, known as ‘Korope’, could be observed plying different routes. A resident, Olaitan Taiwo, expressed her indifference to the strike. “I am not a civil servant, so I have to hustle to take care of myself. As far as there is no violence in the town, I will be in my business place as usual,” she said.

Former Osun State Trade Union Congress (TUC) chairman, Adekola Adebowale, emphasized the role of strikes in labor activism, stating, “I believe strike is part of labor activism but it is the last weapon used to present one’s grievances to the government when it turns out to be anti-workers’ welfare. Members of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria shall surely comply with the directive.”

Ayodeji Ologun, the Convener of Transparency Accountability Group (TAG), echoed the sentiment, stating, “I think it is long overdue given the lackadaisical attitude of the government and their lack of readiness to do the needful. I hope the strike achieves that which it is set out to and hopefully too that the labor leaders don’t compromise the strike before it even starts.”

Emmanuel Olowu, the Osun State chairman of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), highlighted the importance of addressing minimum wage and inflation issues in Nigeria. He said, “It should be noted that the new minimum wage in Nigeria will aggravate inflation due to the government’s failure to include provisions for the informal sector of the country. This neglect of the informal sector will consistently lead to inflationary pressures…”

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Eid-el-Kabir: Atiku preaches sacrifice, love, peace

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to use the occasion of this year Eid-el-Kabir  to demonstrate sacrifice, love and peace.

Abubakar in a statement by his media office on Saturday in Abuja, congratulated fellow Muslim faithful on the celebration of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir festival.

He said that the celebration of Eid, as stated in the scriptures, was not merely a fanfare but an admonition to the people to have forbearance and show compassion in every situation.

“The message of Eid al-Adha is to remind ourselves about the commandment of God to show love to one another and uphold peaceful interpersonal relationships.

“The essential purpose of that message is that we must put our trust in God almighty at all times.

“Even in the face of current hard times that many Nigerians are passing through, we must never fail to put trust in God and, more importantly, extend compassion and safety to the vulnerable people around us.

“This means that as we go about celebrating today, we must ensure that we extend good tidings of support and charity to one another, especially those in difficulties,”he said.

The former vice president called on governments at all levels to be deliberate in initiating measures that will ease the hardship confronting Nigerians .

“As we know that the essence of the celebration today is about a restoration of God’s mercy, it is thus incumbent on government at all levels to take a cue from the divine instruction,” he said.

He  reminded Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to remember their responsibility of being good ambassadors of the religion by living their lives according to the practices and teachings of the noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“The festivities that we are undertaking today is borne out of the obedience of Prophet Ibrahim and as also exemplified by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“ It is thus our responsibility as Muslims to reflect on their examples in our lives by upholding the threshold of peace at all times, “AbubKar also added.

He wished every Muslim family a happy Eid celebration and prayed for God’s protection and safety for everyone during and after the celebration.

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Eid-el Kabir: VP prays for peace, bumper harvest 

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The Vice President, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, has joined other Muslim faithful to observe the Eid-el Kabir prayer in Maiduguri.

Shettima, who spoke briefly after the prayers, prayed for peace and bumper harvest this cropping season.

“We urge Nigerians to pray for peace and prosperity in the land.

“We have to cultivate peace; there can never be development without peace.

“This is the farming season, we also need to pray for bumper harvest, ” Kashim said.

In his message, the Borno Acting Governor, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, also prayed for peaceful coexistence and the need to pray for the nation.

“May Allah accept our prayers and that of our people in the Holy land,” he said.

He thanked the people of Borno for their sustained support to the government, and assured them of quality leadership.

Kadafur also thanked the Vice President  for coming home to identify with his people in Borno, and wished him a safe trip back to Abuja.

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Eid-el-Kabir: COAS hails troops’ gallantry, sacrifice

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The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, has commended troops of the Nigerian Army for their commitment and gallantry in confronting the security challenges and threats in the country.

Lagbaja gave the commendation on Sunday in Abuja, in his goodwill message to the troops and their families on the occasion of the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

He described the Eid-el-Kabir as a significant festival depicting the important place of sacrifice in humanity and divinity.

The COAS said the 2024 Eid-el-Kabir celebration was also remarkable, as it coincided with the completion of his first year in office as the 23rd Chief of Army Staff.

He expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life and the relative peace restored in many troubled parts of the country.

He acknowledged the enormous sacrifice made by the army, both in human and logistics resources, in the ongoing battle against terrorism, insurgency, banditry, secessionist agitations and sundry crimes.

Lagbaja said the troops had displayed unalloyed loyalty, extraordinary courage and faith in the nation, thereby, emerging victorious in the face of grave danger.

He added that many of them currently bore the badge of courage and bravery in the form of battle scars and injuries, while others carried the memories and stories of their sacrifices for the country.

The COAS enjoined all Nigerians to show collective understanding and support for the government’s efforts to implement necessary reforms to restore economic prosperity.

He also urged all personnel and their families to renew their commitment to selflessness and patriotism for the growth and development of the country.

The army chief, however, reaffirmed his dedication to providing visionary and inclusive leadership needed for effective training, robust living standards and operational effectiveness.

He expressed profound appreciation to President Bola Tinubu, for his unflinching support and leadership.

Lagbaja also extended appreciation to the National Assembly, Minister of Defence, the Minister of State for Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, for their strategic guidance.

He lauded Nigerians and the international community for their continuous support and belief in the Nigerian Army.

According to him, the Nigerian Army looks forward to continued collaboration to end security challenges and create an enabling environment for economic prosperity and other democratic dividends.

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