By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Caleb Ayansina
ABUJA — FEDERAL Government, weekend, urged its citizens and residents to be security conscious, as Nigerian Muslims joined other faithful around the world to mark this year’s Eidel Fitri.
The Coordinator of National Information Centre, Mike Omeri in a statement signed in Abuja said people should take it as a duty to observe movements in their areas to prevent evil minds from using the celebration to attack them.
The statement called on “all citizens and residents to be security conscious and observe movements around their neighbourhood to ensure that no one takes advantage of the celebration to wreak havoc on lives and properties.”
Omeri urged Nigerians to report suspicious persons and movements to nearby security agencies, or simply call 112, a security code meant for citizens to pass information to the security forces or any of the help numbers issued by the police, state security and other agencies.
He appealed to Nigerians to continue to support the government and the security forces, especially in the fight to end insurgency in the country, adding that government=s effort is beginning to yield the desired result in all spheres of the operation.
The centre also charged Muslims to remember to pray for members of the armed forces and other security forces in battle in several parts of the world especially those facing the common enemy of the nation in the fight against insurgency.
The statement thanked the Muslim community in Nigeria and around the world for their steadfast supplication to Allah during the month long Ramadan especially in the quest to end insurgency in the country and safely return the girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state abducted by insurgents.
Nigerian Muslims ended a month‑long fasting yesterday after the Sultan of Sokoto and President‑General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Sa=d declared official sighting of the moon.
The Sultan in an announcement disclosed that he declared the termination of the fasting after the moon was sighted in some states, including Kano by Muslims who communicated same to the council.