By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Former gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna State, Shuaibu Idris Miqati has commended the Federal Government for its role on the NIgeria Labour Congress (NLC)/Kaduna State Government faceoff.
He expressed this in a statement signed by him and made available to our correspondent on Friday.
“I commend the efforts of all parties particularly the Federal Government for its intervention and the warring parties in the crisis for their understanding thus far,” he said.
He said that his offer to serve as a mediator was not political, but to use his rich experience in bringing lasting solutions to the conflict.
“My offer to serve as a mediator was never political. It came from my concerns on the suffering of our people, my little understanding of the issues, my knowledge and experience of Human Resources management having served as Group Head Human Resources of Dangote Group and a member of Chartered Institute of Personel Management of Nigeria. Indeed having being a labourer for years my self, I can feel the pains and concerns of Labour!” He explained.
Miqati said that he is happy to note the progress thus far made in the process of restoration normal life in Kaduna State.
He said that life is usually full of challenges and one should stand firm on principles and the path of honour.
“Both parties have done just that in their respective positions! Its important however for everyone to realise that without shifting position, peace may elude us.
“It’s in this regards that I seize the opportunity to crave the indulgence of all parties to imbibe and inculcate the spirit of love and care, feelings and concerns and above let’s live so that there can be continuity in normalcy of our day today affairs,” he said.
On why he insisted on mediating, he said that also, having managed businesses, and as finance expert, a chartered Accountant, he can also feel and see the views of the state government in the saga.
“During the period of my career as Human Resources practitioner I had cause to relate with Labour leaders and we had excellent relationship to the extent that contentious issues were resolved amicably to the satisfaction of parties involved then.
“It is these experiences I offered to bring to bare and share with the parties in our dear state as a patriotic citizen.
“My offer is still open and I have reached out already to few like minds who can be part of the team to broker peace amongst parties to the disagreement,” he added.
He once again, requested the understanding of all parties so that lasting peace and harmony can be entrenched and sustained in the state.
“Let us not exacerbate the situation in our dear state since it is either peace to all or peace to none! A stitch in time saves nine!” He concluded.