Protect us, religious leaders tell Ekiti government

Worship Centers in Ekiti State called on the state government to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities to provide security to the people as well as basic amenities.

Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs of Nigeria, Ekiti State, Tajudeen Ahmed has described as unfortunate the state government’s call for worship centers to put in place necessary security measures to avoid attacks.

Ahmad said Saturday PUNCH, “The constitution is very clear on who should ensure the security of the people. The government’s primary duty is to ensure public safety. The government should not be ordering people to go and do this job.”

The Ekiti State Governor’s Special Security Advisor, Brig. General Ebenezar Ogundana (Retired) had, while listing the measures the state government had taken to avert a terrorist attack in the state, said loopholes in the borders had been blocked.

Ogundana added, “We have alerted all places of worship, event centers and markets to be aware of security and not take things for granted. They should put in place the necessary security measures and, if possible, seek support from security agencies, the military and Amotekun.

But Ahmed, who said there were no security measures worship centers would put in place that could totally prevent any untoward development like the one that happened in Owo, said: “The kind of attack that occurred in Owo is such that for any religious center to be able to fight them, it must have security agencies.

“These security agencies must be the ones that can detect and repel people who come with ammunition. Security agencies should be the ones with the equipment and it’s the police or the military who have the gadgets,” the NSCIA vice president said.

Furthermore, the outgoing President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State Branch, Rev. Fr. Peter Olowolafe said that the issue of technology, including the installation of CCTV , was part of the advice given by the state government.

He maintained that a regular power supply was essential for the CCTV to work perfectly.

Olowolafe, who handed over the chairmanship of Ekiti CAN on Friday, said: “The problem we have in CCTV is that most of our communities don’t have power. For example, where I live in Omuo Ekiti, for almost six years, there is no light. If I install CCTV, I may opt for solar.

“But how many of our churches can afford that money to buy equipment and provide light at the same time? This is where we call on the government to provide basic amenities so that life is easier for people so that when they have materials with them they can use them,” the cleric said.

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