Nigerians must play their roles to surmount security challenges —Cleric

Nigerians have been told to play their expected patriotic roles in ensuring the security of lives and property in the country, as it is an all-important task and duty that cannot be handled by the government alone.

Reverend Father Joseph Awoyale said this during the funeral service of Pa Felix Ayanda Oyedepo, at Saint Andrew Catholic Church, Oro, Irepodun Local Government, Kwara State, on Friday.

Awoyale, who is the Parish priest of the church referred to Nigeria as the ‘USA of Africa’, adding that, “Nigeria is a big country and it will not be reasonable to take the responsibilities of maintaining security in the country as the duty of government alone. I urge Nigerians to consider security as everyone’s business.”

“It is not an easy task to secure the lives and property of a big country like Nigeria. We should forget the idea of expecting the government to do it alone, let us act as security agents in our respective communities.  If you see a strange face, call the attention of others. Let us monitor happenings around us and secure our areas,” he said.

He also urged Nigerians to observe the Coronavirus safety guidelines and protocols, while lamenting those efforts to curb the spread of the virus in the country have not produced the desired results because of the failure on the part of Nigerians to adhere to laid-down protocols.

He added that the Coronavirus protocols, apart from protecting people from the disease are in themselves good hygiene practices.

“That we should wash our hands, use hand sanitisers, wear face masks are all ways of personal hygiene practices,” he said.

Awoyale described the late Pa Oyedepo as a devout Christian, who served God till his last breath.

“I was very close to him; he didn’t make noise or cause trouble, and he was good-natured. He made all needed efforts to get close to God and God crowned his efforts before his death.

“In the Catholic Church, we have what is called the sacrament of Holy Communion.  He used to take it but later stopped doing that.  He later began to take it again, attended catechism classes and it was what was unusual for someone of his age.  He was close to God,” Awoyale added.

The eldest child of the deceased, Mrs. Oluwayemisi Ayelagbe, described Pa Oyedepo as a mentor, a teacher and a cheerful giver who will be sorely missed.

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