Thursday, August 28, 2003

Armed robbery: Govts urged to tighten security

From Isah Umar Gusau, in Jalingo

Worried by the activities of armed robbers and other criminals which have been on the rise in Nigeria, the federal and state governments have been called upon to take drastic measure in saving the security situation in the country.

This call was made by Sheikh Yahaya Jingir, chairman, Izatul Butiah Iqamtissunah, while addressing a crowd of people during a special preaching session held recently in Bali Local Government Area of Taraba State.

Sheikh Yahaya Jingir lamented that the activities of hoodlums constitute serious threat to socio-economic activities in the country.

Sheikh Jingir said this in turn will bring down the living standard of the people rather than alleviating hardship.

He emphasised the need for the government to take steps in ensuring that laws are strictly enforced in the polity, which he said can only be achieved if the law enforcement personnel are well-equipped, while their welfare is taken care of.

Most importantly, Sheikh Yahaya noted the need for Nigerians to embark upon spiritual cleansing, as according to him, human beings would only be happier when they submit fully to the desire of God.

He called on Muslims to worship God while expressing love for their neighbours and people around them in spite of religious and ethnic differences.

Sheikh Jingir said through prayers and obedience to God Nigeria would be more secured and worth living for all stakeholders.

It will be recalled that the problem of security has remained a serious one in Taraba State, where in less than a month series of killings suspected to be affiliated with ritual rites have been recorded.