Some recreational centres in the FCT on Wednesday recorded low turnout of fun seekers during the Eid-el Kabir celebrations, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. Some of the fun seekers who spoke to NAN at the parks, blamed the poor turnout on a lack of money and the current security crisis in the country. Only a few fun seekers could be seen at some of the resorts, including the Millennium Park and Maitama Amusement Park.
Mr Dahiru Isa, who was at the Millennium Park, said that the festivity afforded Muslims and Christians an opportunity to meet at the resorts to celebrate together.
Isa said there was need for Christians and Muslims to show love to each other for the unity of the country, expressing satisfaction with security arrangement at the park.
“As you can see, many Christians here are having fun, this is a clear demonstration of love. They have taken out time to join us, their Muslims brothers and friends in celebrating.
“It is not out of place, it is the wish of God for this country, otherwise He would not have put us together.
“So, my appeal is that we should embrace each other in the interest of peace,” he said.
Also, Mr Innocent Oguh, another picnicker, said that he was at the park with his family to have fun and celebrate with Muslims. He called for continued love between Christians and Muslims for the progress of the country, noting that no meaningful development could be realised in an atmosphere of distrust and fear.
Mrs Zainab Mohammed, who spoke to NAN at the Maitama Amusement Park, however, blamed the poor turnout on inadequate recreational facilities.