Nigeria Prepares Security Measures for Christians Celebrating Christmas

ICC Note:

For Christians in Nigeria, Christmas has been a time of terror for the last couple of years. Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group bent on establishing a separate Islamic state in Nigeria's northern region, has used the Christian holiday as a time to terrorize Christians. Church bombings, drive-by shootings and other forms of terrorism are just a few of the atrocities Boko Haram has unleashed on Christians during the Christmas holiday. Nigeria's government and churches are preparing security measures to help insure safety, but only time will tell whether these measures are enough. Please pray. 

12/23/2013 Nigeria (All Africa) - The Nigeria Police have set in motion comprehensive operational strategies to boost security effectively during this year's Christmas season and beyond, police spokesperson, Frank Mba, said in a statement Sunday.

Mr. Mba quoted the Inspector general of Police, Mohammed Abubakar as, at the end of a meeting with other members of the Police Management Team, reassuring Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora, that massive security measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free celebration nationwide.

Accordingly, Mr. Mba said, all the strike Forces and specialized units of the Force, including the Police Mobile Force (Mopol), Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit, Federal Highway Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department have been adequately mobilized to join forces with the conventional Police Force in providing water-tight security.

He added, "To this end, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar has since directed all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and Commissioners of Police in all Zonal and State Commands of the Force to retool their security infrastructures in line with international standards, taking into consideration their local environment and peculiar security situation in order to protect the citizens adequately.

"The IGP further disclosed that covert operations, round-the-clock surveillance, and robust vehicular patrols are being intensified, while particular attention is now constantly paid to strategic public places, including places of worship, recreation centres, shopping malls, business plazas, motor parks, strategic highways, government installations and other important locations so as to forestall any possible criminal activity and guarantee the safety of the citizenry.

"Meanwhile, the IGP, on behalf of the officers and men of the Force, heartily rejoices with Christians in Nigeria as they join the Christendom in celebrating this year's Christmas, and enjoins them to practice the virtues of Jesus Christ by propagating peace, demonstrating love and forgiveness, as well as promoting harmonious coexistence among fellow citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic or political leanings.

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