The Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, CFR, NPM, mni, on behalf of Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, sends his hearty greetings to the entire Christian community in Nigeria, as they join their brethren across the globe to mark the 2013 Easter season.
While reminding Christians that the victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter morning was preceded by a painful crucifixion, as price to atone for the redemption of mankind, the IGP urged Nigerians to emulate and adopt the selfless lifestyle of Christ. He enjoined them to be open minded to issues of forgiveness, peace and harmonious co-existence, in consonance with the principles and teachings of Christ, especially, in this trying moment in the history of our dear country.
The IGP called on Nigerians to place value and respect on the nation’s persities, especially in the face of very high price being paid with the blood and lives of officers and men of the Force and those of other security agencies, who like Jesus Christ, are constantly subjected to all forms of dangers, risks and deprivations, including the hazards of death in the line of duty, as ultimate sacrifice for the peace, unity and progress of the country.
Meanwhile, to ensure a peaceful and incident-free Easter celebration, the IGP has directed all Zonal AIGs and Command Commissioners of Police, to take all necessary measures in ensuring the provision of adequate security for worshippers, travelers, picnickers and all citizens across the country before, during and after the festive season. Command Commissioners of Police are to personally ensure that all key and vulnerable points within their jurisdictions, including places of worship, recreation centres, motor parks, highways, financial institutions and all places of public resort are adequately and effectively protected.
The IGP wishes, in the spirit of the season, to salute Officers and men of the Force for their courage, dedication, tireless and selfless services to Nigerians and the country, especially, in the face of current challenges. He restated the resolve and commitment of the present Police Administration to reposition the Force for greater efficiency, including bargaining for better welfare package and more conducive working conditions.
While commending Nigerians for their patience, understanding and cooperation with the Police in the fight against crime and criminality, the IGP enjoined them to continue to support the Force with useful information that will effectively assist the Police in tracking down undesirable elements in the society. He sued for peace from all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious, political and socio-cultural leaning.
The IGP uses this medium to express the willingness, determination and commitment of the Nigeria Police Force to effectively discharge its onerous responsibility of securing the life and property of the citizenry, in line with the provisions of the country’s constitution and all extant statutes. He seeks the prayers and support of all Nigerians, assuring that with God on the side of the nation, Nigeria will surely rise above all its present challenges.
CSP FRANK E. MBA
DEPUTY FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA