The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa?ad Abubakar III, has urged striking lecturers and workers to call off their strikes and return to the negotiating table.

Among the group on strike are Academic Staff Union of Universities, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, and the National Association of Resident Doctors.

Abubakar made the plea during his Eid-el-Kabir message to the Muslim faithful.

The Islamic monarch said: ?We wish to use this opportunity to call on all those on strike, especially university academic and non-academic staff, to call off their strikes so as to reduce the sufferings of the people. They should go back to the negotiating table in order to bring an end to the crisis.

?This is a problem in the development of the country. We urge the government to listen to the complaints of the workers with the intention of solving them.

?The workers on their part should always be mindful of the suffering of the teeming populace in the country,? he said.

Abubakar maintained that the strike by the university lecturers, which has entered its fourth month, had caused a lot of hardship to the students and their parents.

?The strike of medical workers has, on its part, caused loss of many lives and untold hardship to the sick, who cannot afford to go to private clinics,? Abubakar said.

He also expressed concern on the insecurity in the country and charged Muslims on peaceful co-existence.

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