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Ramadan: Security expert harps on mosques’ protection

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Ramadan: Security expert harps on mosques’ protection

A renowned security expert, Ambassador Abayomi Nurain Mumuni, has called on Nigerian Muslims to remain conscious of their safety at public functions as they observe their religious rites during the holy month of Ramadan. In a statement signed by his media spokesman, Rasheed Abubakar, Mumuni enjoined them to use the holy month to pray for global peace, as well as live with their neighbours in peace and tranquillity, irrespective of religion, ethnicity and other differentials. “If we all adhere to the teachings of the Holy Books, the Qur’an and the Bible to be precise, on unity, tolerance and diversity, the insecurity and killings that foul the global landscape would be a thing of the past.

“It is particularly sad that Ramadan dawned on us all at a time Nigeria, and indeed the world at large, is grappling with the burden of insecurity. Attacks in Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, by Boko Haram irredentists, armed bandits and kidnappers have become rife, while on the global scene, the Sri Lanka bombings, the New Zealand mosque attacks, and the repeated attacks on churches, mosques, synagogues and schools in the U.S. immediately come to mind,” Mumuni added.

This came as the management of Mouka Limited, foremost Nigeria’s foam and Mattress company, enjoined Islamic faithful to remember the essence of the sacred exercise and ensure its reflection in all their dealings in this holy period and beyond. While wishing Muslim brothers and sisters in the country and the world over, a successful Ramadan fast, the company according to a statement maintained that it is obligatory for Muslims to fast in fulfilment of the fourth pillar of Islam.

While freedom of speech is largely the norm in Nigeria, Ramadan preachers, according to the company, must remain sensitive to current happenings and ensure the security of their mosques and lecture venues at all times. Mumuni further enjoined Islamic scholars to be mindful of their utterances, avoid hate speech and preach love in their sermons during Ramadan.

“If need be, security guards and CCTV facilities should be deployed at such venues, to ensure adequate monitoring of all movements and happenings. “While it is important to be personally and collectively responsible for our security, Muslim faithful must resist the urge to take the law into their hands in cases where they apprehend suspected assailants.

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