The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, an umbrella body of Islamic groups in Nigeria, has called on Muslims nationwide to be security conscious as they celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.

The JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said that while the organisation did not have the means to provide security for Muslims during the Sallah celebration, it called on them to be vigilant.

Aliyu said, “We are willing to collaborate with the country’s law enforcement agencies to beef up security across the country during the Sallah celebration. However, we call on the Muslim community to be on the watch and report any suspicious movement of persons to the appropriate authorities.

“As an organisation, we don’t have the wherewithal to provide needed security at prayer grounds and mosques which usually attract a large number of people. But we trust that the government, which has the resources to gather intelligence report and prevent crimes, will be on the ground during the occasion.”

Also speaking on possible Boko Haram attacks during the celebration, the President of Nasrul-Lahi-il Fathi, Mr. Yomi Bolarinwa, stated that the warning by the terrorism expert was not unusual and might be credible.

“The concerns are highly appreciated but we hope that the government is on top of the situation. Muslims in the South-West should not be unnecessarily panicky but should be vigilant and cooperate fully with security agencies by giving information promptly. Since security starts from individual, we expect everybody to always be security conscious,” he said.

The NASFAT president added, “The information is a source of concern against the background of the havoc Boko Haram has caused in the North-East and other parts of the country.

“Security agencies have been contacted to provide specific security at all our Eid praying grounds. NASFAT Security Committee comprises seasoned security personnel and they are constantly in touch with security agencies. We are hopeful that this year’s Eid-el-Kabir will be free of violence and devoid of any negative development that will lead to loss of lives and property. Let me state that we have made adequate security arrangement at all our Eid grounds throughout the country.”

The Executive Secretary of Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, Prof. Dawud Noibi, said, “We are not aware of any threat of attack by Boko Haram anywhere in the country during the period of Eid-el-Kabir.

In any case, this is a matter for our security agencies that have the responsibility for the protection of citizens.

“Muslim leaders, including, MUSWEN, have always advised their followers to steer clear of acts of violence and to remain law-abiding. Above all, we encourage Muslims to engage always in fervent prayers for Allah’s protection for themselves as individuals and for the nation in general, and to put their trust in God.”

Culled from Punch

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