By Matthew Denis, Abuja
The Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu directed the deployment of 35,000 personnel across all Corps formations in the country to all nooks and crannies of the country for effective coverage of the environment to guarantee a hitch-free Eid-il Fitri celebration and to protect all critical national assets and infrastructures of government at all levels.
The Commandant stated this in a statement signed by the Public Relations of the Corps, DCN Emmanuel Ekeh while felicitating with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the entire Muslim communities for successfully completing this year’s spiritual exercise made available to this medium on Saturday.
He stressed that, the period of fasting was mostly dedicated to praying for Allah’s intervention in restoring peace and normalcy in the nation, that what the nation needs at the moment is prayer in order to tackle the security situation in the country, the Covid-19 pandemic and for God to give wisdom to the leadership of the nation in handling the various challenges.
According to him, it is also a time to reconcile with Allah for the remission of sins and an opportunity to care and give alms to the needy, as well the the vulnerable in the society especially during this trying period that the whole world is on lockdown with the Covid-19 pandemic.
The NSCDC boss therefore advises Muslim faithful to live an exemplary life, tailored towards the teachings of Prophet Muhammed, who is the pillar of Islam.
In addition to the deployment of personnel he charged the State Commandants to deploy all other equipment such as surveillance vehicles, patrol vehicles, Ambulances, dogs and other monitoring gadgets to all critical infrastructure installations and black spots that are prone to attacks and vandalism.
He charged them to take cognizance of the fact that all COVID-19 regulations are still in force; therefore, no tolerance for large gatherings and there must be strict adherence to the use of nose masks, maintaining physical and social distancing, regular washing of hands and use of alcohol based hand sanitizer.
“While urging personnel to be civil and diplomatic in their approach towards members of the public, he also caution Nigerians to desist from acts capable of breaching the Covid-19 protocols, before, during and after the celebration as the law is no respecter of anyone who violates the measures put in place to reduce the further spread of the virus in Nigeria.
Gana appealed to all Nigerians to be law abiding at all time and to report any act capable of truncating governments effort at ensuring that life is better for all and sundry.