Lent, Ramadan, Seasons To Promote Compassion, Respect – DSS


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The Department of State Services (DSS) has enjoined Christian and Muslim faithfuls alike to promote understanding, compassion, and respect for one another during and after the Lenten and Ramadan seasons.

The call was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the Service’s spokesperson, Mr. Peter Afunanya, in which he extended felicitations to the Christian and Muslim faithfuls during their Lent and coming Ramadan seasons respectively.

The DSS, while recognising the significance of these sacred rites appealed to stakeholders to refrain from economic exploitation, sabotage, or profiteering during these important obligations, more so because “illegal practices such as price gouging or unethical marketing tactics are ungodly, violate fairness and can undermine the true essence of the holy events” adding that as believers, it is incumbent upon us to uphold good standards and ensure that everyone can observe the religious duties with ease and dignity.

The Service further encouraged clerics and religious leaders to uphold empathy as well as prioritise cooperation and conflict prevention beyond the periods under reference.

The DSS also called on the media to utilise their platforms to foster informed and accurate engagements that can enhance the achievement of national security objectives and interests.

It likewise advised residents to remain vigilant against public dangers especially Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), and urged the general public to stay informed about potential threats; avoid crowded or suspicious areas, and report to relevant security agencies any strange objects, activities, and movements of hostile elements. In the same vein, the Service called for tolerance, bonds of brotherhood, dialogue, and peaceful coexistence among the populace.

“Overall, the Service recommits to provision of strategic intelligence to other sister agencies in order to achieve a safe and secure country. As we undertake these spiritual journeys in the Lenten and Ramadan periods, let us remember to love and share the values that unite us. Let us reaffirm our commitment to the values of mercy, tolerance, forgiveness, being our brother’s keepers among others and by these, advance more inclusive and equitable society for us all”, Afunanya said.


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