Abuja residents laud peaceful yuletide celebrations
Residents of the Federal Capital Territory have commended the peaceful celebration during the Christmas celebrations, just as they called on the security agencies to sustain the tempo.
A cross section of residents who spoke to our correspondent also observed the presence of security personnel in some flashpoints and event centers across the city center.
Though, some of the residents decried the activities of pick pockets in some events, but noted that on the average, the festive period was peaceful.
Mrs. Amaka Nnamdi told our correspondent at the popular Millennium Park that this year's Christmas celebration has been remarkable in many ways, adding that despite the cry of economic depression in the country, people came out with their families to have fun.
"First and foremost, we have to thank God for the peace we enjoyed in this year Christmas celebrations. For those of us in Abuja, it has been fun all the way. Above all, there are less reported cases of killings in other parts of the country when compared to previous years. This is remarkable and a sign of good thing in the country.”
Another resident, Mr. Paul Pada, commended the security agencies for effective policing of the territory during the yuletide, just as he tasked them to maintain the pace during the New Year celebrations and beyond.
According to him, "the security agents have performed well in the territory. In most of the flashpoints in the city, you see heavy presence of security personnel. The police, DSS, NSCDC and undercover personnel are wonderful.
“Though, there are reported cases of bag snatching, but on the whole, the celebration was peaceful and we have to command those who lose sleep to make the city safer. I pray that we witness this peaceful atmosphere during the New Year celebration and beyond".
Also Speaking, Mr. Thomas Maku observed that the Christmas celebrations was peaceful because Nigerians are hungry and weak, adding that many people could not come out to celebrate due to poverty level Nigerians have been subjected to.
He said, "The truth is that Nigerians are hungry and weak. We don't have strength to fight anymore. It is true that a hungry man is an angry man, but in this instance, we are hungry and the same time weak. Where is the energy to fight? The government of the day has subjected us to harsh economic reality that very soon, we will be speechless".