By Yinusa Ishola
Ado-Ekiti, Jan 1, 2021 The Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Ado-Ekiti chapter, has advised Ekiti residents to support government in its efforts to ensure security of live and property in the state.
Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, the chapter’s president, gave the advice during an interview with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Friday.
Sanni said that the issue of security and criminal combat was more of a participatory responsibility among the people on one side and the government on the other to achieve result.
According to him, those perpetrating criminal acts live and dwell among people, and it only requires extra alert and vigilance on them to be exposed.
The NSCIA expressed the need for parents and guardians to be alive to their responsibilities of checking and monitoring their children against involvement in criminal acts.
Sanni said that the various policies, programmes and initiative of government could only have meaningful impact on the communities “when there is adequate security of lives and property.
“It is very wrong and counterproductive to put the issue of security of lives and property squarely on the shoulder of governments alone
“Parents have enormous responsibility in giving their children the needed discipline and moral upbringing.
“More importantly, monitoring their social and financial activities so that they can be checked promptly when they try to be involved in extravagant life style and other related acts.
“Most of the young ones today prefer cutting corners and they have preference for get-rich-quick syndrome.
“Regrettably, parents and guardians who are supposed to enquire over questionable assets such as cars, gadgets, houses are only preoccupied with social activities and acquiring worldly materials.
“We, on our part, can volunteer useful information and tips that can lead to arrest of the perpetrators of these criminal acts in our midst instead of partaking and assuming beneficiaries of these ungodly acts.”
Sanni also used the opportunity to task religious and community leaders to be more proactive in giving words of God that would add values to the future of the young ones.
“Not all services, sermons should be based on miracles and deliverance, because our today young ones do not have enough time to spend and listen to the words of God.
“So the little time we have should be spent judiciously to teach good morals, integrity, honesty and transparency as enshrined in the holy books for them (children) to live a decent and productive life.
“Our fathers in the community, too, as the closest to the people, especially at the grassroots, and who are regarded as the custodian of culture and tradition, have enormous responsibilities in this regard,” he said.