Eid el-Fitr: government assures adequate security of lives and property

Eid-El-FitrEid El-Fitr celebration, Muslim faithful would be celebrating the Eid El-Fitr as a sign of total obedient to the completion of holy month of Ramadan which commenced early this year and all over the world to mark the successful completion of the annual Ramadan fasting been observed by Muslim faithful globally.

Muslim faithful felicitates with all their brethren worldwide on the Eid El-Fitr celebration and urged them to continue to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence and tolerance at all times.

Here in Nigeria, the Federal Government has officially declared Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 as Public Holiday to mark Eid el Fitr celebration and felicitates with Muslim faithful.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the announcement on behalf of the Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja.

Nigerians were urged to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation in its march to nationhood.

‎Nigerians were urged to shun hate speeches and divisive comments and religious discrimination tendencies and support government of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.

‎The minister reaffirmed the determination of the Federal Government to protect all lives and property of Nigerians.

He warned hoodlums, mischievous people not to test the will of the administration.

The minister said the government has the capability to deploy security agencies to deal with any individual or group that may threaten the corporate existence of the nation, as well as the peaceful co-existence of the people.

The minister wished Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration.

Also, the NSCDC deploys 40,000 personnel, sniffer dogs nationwide to ensure security of lives and property.

The ‎Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Abdullahi Muhammadu, has directed that 40,000 personnel be deployed nationwide to provide security during the Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

This was made known by the spokesperson of NSCDC, Mr. Emmanuel Okeh, that 40,000 personnel, sniffer dogs and specialised units such as SWAT, Special Force, CBRN, Surveillance Monitoring Team, Ambulances/Rescue Officers would also be deployed to strategic areas to provide security during the celebration period.

‎Security personnel would be deployed to the following areas such as places of worship, markets, motor parks, shopping malls, recreational centres, schools and other areas considered to be soft targets for attack by insurgents.

 “In our efforts to fight miscreants and criminal-minded individuals, who see festive periods as the time to perpetuate their nefarious activities, all hands must be on deck in the areas of intelligence-gathering and reporting suspicious behaviour to relevant security authorities”.‎

Also, airport security put in place for Sallah celebration

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria will ensure adequate security at the airport.

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria also assured air travelers that the nation’s airports were fully ready for use, especially during the forthcoming Sallah celebration.

The assurance wad disclosed by Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, the FAAN Acting General Manager, Corporate Affairs.

That airport security and other logistics had been upgraded and strengthened to provide for the expected increase in passenger traffic, in and around the airports.

“New directional display units have been provided to guide travelers, especially new ones, at our airports.

“Airport dos and don’ts banners have also been displayed at strategic locations to educate newcomers.”

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