With the commencement of Ramadan and against the backdrop of incessant kidnapping and violence being perpetrated in some parts of the country, Muslim faithful have been enjoined to be mindful of their safety and be security conscious while engaging in “iba’dah”/acts of worship, especially nocturnal related undertakings and activities that may predispose them to the nefarious activities of the insurgent groups and other forms of violence.
This is just as the headship and authorities of various Muslim institutions, groups and mosques were urged to be proactive in ensuring a safe and secured 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 in bringing in experts on security issues to help find solution 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.
In the meantime, preachers, scholars and leaders have been implored to guide against provocative preaching 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 faithfuls were equally implored to use the opportunity of the glorious month to pray fervently for a smooth transition to the next dispensation.
Alh Kamaldeen Akintunde,
Ogun State Co-ordinator,
Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria
02 Ramadan,1440 AH / 07 May, 2019