…As IGP orders deployment of personnel, equipment to public places***
Dr Ibrahim Usman, the Chairman, Nigeria Veterinary Medicine Association, Gombe State chapter, has advised Muslims to slaughter only healthy livestock for Eid-el-Kabir to avoid transmission of diseases.
Usman gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Friday.
He said slaughtering unhealthy animals is dangerous to human health, stressing that such act might lead to transmission of diseases from the animals to humans.
He added that “we want people to slaughter only healthy animals so that we can have good meat for human consumption.
“If unhealthy animals are being slaughtered, we have the chances of contracting diseases.”
The chairman also advised people to discard waste from slaughtered animals properly.
According to him, improper disposal of animal waste contaminates the environment and can cause danger to human health.
He warned against the habit of slaughtering animals in front of their houses, at the backyards, highways and even in gutters in front of houses.
Usman said that in developed countries, government made provision for slaughter places to enable veterinary doctors to inspect activities there to ensure only healthy animals are consumed.
He called on Federal Government to emulate such practice to promote healthy feeding.
In the meantime, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr Mohammed Adamu has ordered the deployment of adequate personnel and equipment to protect public places throughout the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), DCP Frank Mba in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the IGP assured Nigerians of adequate security before, during and after the celebration.
Mba said Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in charge of Zones and State Commands had been mandated to comply with the directive.
He said the deployment would cover shopping malls, motor parks, financial institutions, places of worship and recreation centres to enable holiday makers, worshippers and other Nigerians enjoy optimum safety during the period.
Mba also said the IGP directed state Commissioners of Police, including the FCT to put in place strategic and customised security on major highways.
The FPRO said the idea was to ensure adequate safety for travelers and other road users.
“The IGP heartily expresses goodwill to, and congratulates, all Nigerians, especially the Muslim Ummah as they join other Faithful all over the world, in celebrating this year’s Eid-el Kabir.
“The IGP has reassured the public, especially, worshippers, travelers and all well-meaning citizens that the Nigeria police will effectively discharge their constitutional responsibility of providing adequate security for all,’’ he said.
Mba, therefore, urged Nigerians to, at all times, be security conscious and report promptly suspicious move by individuals or group to the police or other relevant security agencies.
NAN reports that the Federal Government declared Monday, Aug. 12 and Tuesday, Aug. 13, as public holidays to mark the 2019 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.