By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
Worried by the spate of insecurity in the country, the Ogun State chapter of the Christan Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Tuesday called on members of the public to support the government in the fight against the menace.
The Association also expressed concern that members of the public have left the responsibility to provide security solely in the hand of the government.
They made the assertion at a security summit held at the Treasure House of God Church, Abeokuta.
The summit was organised by CAN to brainstorm and proffer solutions to the numerous security challenges confronting the State and the nation at large, as well as educate all to be security consciousness.
Some of those in attendance included the Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigeria Immigration Service, State So Safe Corps, among others.
The State Chairman of the Association, Bishop Tunde Akin-Akinsanya in his address lamented that the ship of the nation was gradually sinking in the ocean of insecurity and other social vices bedevilling the entire nation, hence all must rise against the menace.
The cleric told the gathering: “There is no better time for Christians to watch than now in view of the menace of armed robbery, kidnappings, rituals and burgling of church facilities.
“Security has its particular dynamics which can only be properly analyses by specific agents of government designated to unravel and tackle such complex dynamics. In an increasingly complex and interconnected environment that we find ourselves today, no structure can do it alone. Security can no longer be left in the hands if the government and security agencies alone”.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tokunbo Talabi, reiterated his commitment to change the insecurity narrative in the State.
His words: “We need to see security as our responsibilities. This is the time for us to wake up. We will continue to provide adequate security and that’s out priority”.
In his address, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Makama who spoke through his Deputy, Awolowo Ajogun stressed that security is a joint responsibility of both the Police and the people, urging members if the community to, as a matter of necessity release information to the Police whenever there is security abuse.
Makama decried incessant attacks on churches in different parts of the country, appealing to pastors “Please employ able men to secure your churches.
“As members of the public, it is our responsibility to combat crime criminology. It is unfortunate that we don’t take the issue if security very seriously”, he said.