Against the backdrop of incessant kidnapping and violence, being perpetrated in some parts of the country, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN), has enjoined Muslims to be mindful of their safety and be security conscious while engaging all acts of “Ibadah” (acts of worship).
Alh Kamaldeen Akintunde, the Ogun State Co-ordinator of the MMWGN, gave the advice in a statement e-mailed to The Renaissance on Friday in Lagos.
Akintunde stated that the advice was imperative, especially in the face of increasing nefarious activities of insurgent groups, kidnappers and other forms of violence in the country.
“The headship and authorities of various Muslim institutions, groups and mosques are urged to be proactive in ensuring a safe and secure environment for the faithful, seeking to maximise the benefits of the glorious month.
“Meritorious acts of worship in Ramadan entail both individual and collective undertakings at late evening or night and therefore becomes imperative to be security conscious in our places of worship.
“It is worrisome that government’s concerted effort have not yielded an appreciable result, hence the need for the central authority to redouble effort at addressing the recurring decimal and ensure Nigeria remains a safe country for both citizens and immigrants.
“Government must not hesitate to bring in experts on security issues to help find solutions to the lingering cases of kidnapping, insurgency and communal clashes threatening our corporate existence.
“Stakeholders must rise up to the challenges and come up with blueprints that will check the menace.
“Security agencies must step up collaborative efforts and synergise in ending insurgency and banditry.
“Nigerians must also strengthen communal efforts, and device local and traditional measures that will stem the tide of kidnapping and banditry that have become lucrative to some people at the expense of fellow Nigerians,” the statement read in part.
The group also implored preachers, scholars and Muslim leaders to guide against provocative and inflammatory utterances in order not to heat the polity.
“Rather, their preaching and speeches should focus on virtues that promote peace, unity, intra and inter-religious harmony, development and good governance.
“The Muslims are equally implored to use the opportunity of the glorious month of Ramadan to pray fervently for a smooth transition to the next dispensation on May 29,” Aknitunde stated.
By our correspondent
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