The two main confederations of trade unions in Nigeria have announced a suspension of protest marches for the weekend. The news comes as MISNA sources report that the demonstrations in several cities have already come to a close in order to allow Muslims to attend Friday prayers.
The trade union representatives have stressed that, unless an agreement is reached with the government during tomorrow’s scheduled meeting, the protest rallies would Monday.
According to MISNA sources, today, in Lagos and Abuja, protest marches have already stopped to allow Muslims to attend Friday prayers. “Part of the population has returned to work – added Father Augustus Essien, a missionary of the Society of St. Paul who lives in Abuja – and many the shops and offices have reopened.”
In the capital the protest maches ended with a prayer which was attended by representatives of Christian and Muslim communities. According to the newspaper “This Day” Friday prayers have also been held in the regions that, in the wake of recent violence had been affected by a curfew, such as in the northern city of Kano for example.