Lagos partners with religious groups on security

Stories: Victor Ayeni

The Lagos State government has expressed its willingness to work with Christians and Muslims to improve security and foster religious harmony.

State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Anofiu Elegushi, revealed this, according to a statement issued on Wednesday, during his visit to the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Reverend Alfred Martin; and the Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Kanu-Uche, in Lagos.

Elegushi noted that the visit was to sympathize with the Catholic Archbishop for the killings of parishioners at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, and also to rejoice with the Methodist Prelate over his safe return. from the lair of the kidnappers.

He said: “The massacre of worshipers at Owo by gunmen was unfortunate and had thrown the Inter-Religious Council of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, into mourning. We sympathize with the entire Christian body and indeed the Catholic Mission in Lagos State and Nigeria for this unfortunate incident and pray that Almighty God will grant the families of the deceased the courage to bear the irreplaceable loss and the eternal rest of the faithful deceased whose lives were cut short in his sanctuary.

”It’s rather unfortunate, but we are comforted by the word of God who urges us to give thanks in all things and situations. Moreover, the holy book urges us to leave vengeance to God. The Lagos State Government, for its part, will continue to work with NIREC for the maintenance of religious peace and harmony in the state and we will also ensure the safety of the lives and property of the residents.

In his address, Martin condemned the Owo massacre and called on the government to do more to protect lives and property.

“Even in war situations, places of worship are sacred and not tampered with, therefore such a massacre in Owo by armed men should not have happened, as the country was not even at war. There is probably something much more than religion that is the problem, which needs to be identified and addressed,” he said.

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