By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Founder of Safaudeen in Islam and Ajagun Esin Consultative Forum (AECF) Professor Sabit Olagoke has asked Nigerians to see issues of security as a concern to all and sundry
Professor Olagoke stated this in Ibadan at a workshop titled “Clerics and Community Security” to mark the 9th anniversary of “Ajagun Esin Consultative Forum (AECF)”.
According to him, there is also the need for governments at all levels in Nigeria to encourage leaders who are spending their resources to promote peace and harmony in the country.
Professor Olagoke emphasized that the time has come for Nigerians to always see the issues of security as a concern to all and sundry while government on its part should recognize houses of worships in every community as relevant organ of keeping the peace and community security.
“There is equally a need to create harmonious working relation among the three sensitive organs of the society-government, Clerics and security agents,”he said.
The Cleric stated that “government and religious bodies have a lot of things in common in terms of administration,management and security: the very type and class of people with their sociological and psychological challenges that go to places of work-private,public and civil are the very people that go to different places of worships”
Emphasizing that though most of the religious bodies are far from meeting the President and Governors, he noted that “they are very close to their clerics most especially those who minister unto them in their houses of God.”
Professor Olagoke while reiterating his appeal to religious leaders across the country to be sincerely credible and pious as well as living by example of what they preach in their places of worship, urged them to at all time remember that they would give account of their stewardship to God almighty.
Speaking at the workshop, ASP Akeem Adeyemo who represented the Monatan Ibadan Divisional Police Officer, tasked Nigerians to be prepared to always give the Police and other security agents correct information on criminals and criminalities, adding, such information would be treated as confidential.
Rev Adeoye of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in his remark condemned what he called fanaticism among some Christian and Muslim extremists saying believers of the two religions were from the same source and should shun any controversy that could lead to violence.
“Under no condition should we allow in this South West Zone of the country, what is happening in the North Eastern part of Nigeria where some insurgents hide under Islam to be shedding blood.God does not in any way support that and they will account for their sins lest they repent”he said.
Other speakers at the workshop included Mr Oguntayo Akinwale for Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rev.Nathniel Ola. Adewuyi for Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Egbeda Ibadan, Alhaji Lukman Akeem; Man O’ War and Alhaji Yekeen Adeleke,President General for League of Imams Egbeda.
By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.