Islam and Christianity Not at War,Says Issa Aremu



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General Secretary, NUTGTWN and Vice President, Nigeria Labour Congress,  NLC  Comrade Issa Aremu has stated categorically that Islam and Christianity are not at war in Nigeria.Aremu stated this in a press statement made  available to Newsdiaryonline.com today. “Nigeria workers are proud adherents of these great religions namely Christianity and Islam.  As far as we are concerned, these great faiths namely Christianity and Islam are not at war. As a PAN Nigeria/global organization, Nigeria workers cannot therefore be part of the forces of destruction and death on account of faith, ethnicity or region.”

Aremu lso noted that  Nigerians now need  a  development narrative not break-up scares  “We need laws and policies that will lead to a stable economy, improve power supply, revive industries and create mass decent jobs.  We need laws and policies that will make Nigeria realize her vision to be one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year 2020.

He added that “The motto of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is ‘Labour Creates Wealth’.  Nigeria workers must therefore join forces with progressive Nigerians in building a prosperous, harmonious and diverse country bequeathed on us by our founding fathers. We can only build on the peaceful and harmonious country which has made all Nigerian workers to move out of their different places to work and build a prosperous Nigeria.

On the crisis of governance  he said “The crises so far whether in Kaduna, Jos, Kano or Maiduguri are all crises of governance.  We therefore call on our current leaders to reflect on what our previous leaders did to make crisis zones homes of peace and prosperity in the past.

Aremu also believes  thatat the root of these crises is abandonment of development agenda and its replacement with corruption and selfish agenda which manifest in ethnic and religious manipulations.  We must reinvent development to rebuild industries and reemploy army of unemployed youths.

Read the full text of his statement below:

June 27, 2012

PRESS STATEMENT

LONG LIVE PEACE IN NIGERIA

INTRODUCTION

As stakeholders in Kaduna State, we commiserate with the government and good people of Kaduna State on the recent tragedy in the State.  Our heart is with the families of those who lost their loved ones and properties to the recent unprovoked, avoidable violence and carnage.

We urge the working people of Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole not to be willing tools for mutually assured destruction whether in the guise of “religious” or ethnic manipulations.

ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY NOT AT WAR

Nigeria workers are proud adherents of these great religions namely Christianity and Islam.  As far as we are concerned, these great faiths namely Christianity and Islam are not at war. As a PAN Nigeria/global organization, Nigeria workers cannot therefore be part of the forces of destruction and death on account of faith, ethnicity or region.

LABOUR CREATES WEALTH

The motto of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is ‘Labour Creates Wealth’.  Nigeria workers must therefore join forces with progressive Nigerians in building a prosperous, harmonious and diverse country bequeathed on us by our founding fathers. We can only build on the peaceful and harmonious country which has made all Nigerian workers to move out of their different places to work and build a prosperous Nigeria.

CRISIS OF GOVERNANCE

The crises so far whether in Kaduna, Jos, Kano or Maiduguri are all crises of governance.  We therefore call on our current leaders to reflect on what our previous leaders did to make crisis zones homes of peace and prosperity in the past.

RETURN TO DEVELOPMENT

At the root of these crises is abandonment of development agenda and its replacement with corruption and selfish agenda which manifest in ethnic and religious manipulations.  We must reinvent development to rebuild industries and reemploy army of unemployed youths.

COMMENDATION

We commend the effort of the Kaduna State government to restore peace in Kaduna State.  We urge the governor, Sir Ibrahim Patrick Yakowa to build on this effort and make peace sustainable.  To do this, the governor must be more proactive.  Kaduna State already had its unfair share of avoidable violence and communal “religious” violence right from 1987.  We should say NEVER again to violence in Kaduna State.  One more violence is capable of destroying the whole state. Kaduna is the home of commerce and industry as well as investment/employment destination for all Nigerians and foreigners.

The government should count on the cooperation of all the stakeholders including labour for sustainable peace in the State.   There should be incentive for those who maintain peace and sanction for those who perpetrate violence.  That is the act of good governance.

The long term solution is to return Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole to the path of peace, development and prosperity.  We as stakeholders are willing to partner with the government on revival of industries and creation of mass decent jobs.

“NO” TO PROPHETS OF DOOM

All said, Nigeria leaders whether elected or appointed must learn to govern and be on duty always and not to interpret Nigeria’s problems in terms of impending calamity.  Our leaders should stop raising ‘red herring’ that Nigeria will collapse.  With all the current challenges, Nigeria is not Syria, Somalia, Sudan and can and should never be.  Many communities in Nigeria today still live in peace and work together irrespective of their religious and ethnic differences.  Our leaders must build on these huge success cases. They must replace the dangerous “religion” narrative to development narrative and work to deepen democracy and build development.

DEVELOPMENT NARRATIVE NOT BREAK-UP SCARES

We need laws and policies that will lead to a stable economy, improve power supply, revive industries and create mass decent jobs.  We need laws and policies that will make Nigeria realize her vision to be one of the 20 largest economies in the world by the year 2020.

Issa Aremu mni.

GENERAL SECRETARY, NUTGTWN

AND

VICE PRESIDENT, NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC)


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