- Nigerians have been urged to be more security conscious by an Islam organisation
- The religious body, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) claimed that security agencies in the country have lowered their guards
- The secretary general of JNI, Khalid Abubakar, warned government at all levels to avoid playing politics with the lives of people
A religious organisation, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) on Thursday, May 4 has urged Nigerians to be on the alert and do their utmost to prevent and curb the destruction of innocent lives by criminal and terrorists.
The clarion call came in a statement issued in Kaduna by the JNI secretary general, Khalid Abubakar, which mainly bordered on the recent bomb blasts in Mubi in which 85 Muslims were killed and many others seriously wounded, The Cable reports.
The JNI pointed out that the persistent killings in Benue, Borno, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Zamfara have are unacceptable and should be stopped.
The organisation said: “It seems the security outfits in the area and the public have lowered their guards and relaxed, a situation taken advantage of by the insurgents,” the statement read.
“Therefore, there is obviously the need for continued vigilance especially by the members of the public, so as not to allow unscrupulous elements continue to wreak havoc in the society. It is also high time that the security agencies reappraise their mode of operations to meet up with dynamic challenges of criminality, as the criminals continue to change tactics.
“Government should move in with all seriousness and take definite position on criminals in all ramifications, and bring these gory incidences to a final end. We call on the public to intensify prayers and continuously seek Allah’s forgiveness to emancipate us from these recurring terrible situations.
“We should not relent in intensifying good deeds especially now that the month of Ramadan is fast approaching.’’
Moreover, the JNI said: “Often when Muslims are attacked especially in mosques, nothing is heard or the story is downplayed entirely by the media.” It warned against playing politics with people's lives.
It said: “We commiserate with the people of Benue, Borno, Kaduna, Nasarawa and Zamfara states over the repeated loss of lives as a result of coordinated attacks by enemies of peace.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that Senate president Bukola Saraki, on Thursday, November 23 lamented that Nigeria’s security structure had completely broken down.
He said there is a need to sit down with the security agencies on a long-term strategy moving forward.
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