Christmas: Lagos council bans ‘street jamz’, carnivals, preaches peaceful coexistence

Christmas: Lagos council bans ‘street jamz’, carnivals, preaches peaceful coexistence

By Kazeem Akande, Lagos.

Dr Ahmed Apatira, the Executive Chairman of Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area (LCDA), on Saturday announced the ban of all carnivals and “street jamz” during the festivities, preaching peaceful coexistence among the residents.

 

Apatira, in his Christmas message, urged residents to extend kindness to the less-privileged in the community.

 

He said: “We urge Christians to emulate virtues of humility, tolerance, perseverance and compassion, as exemplified by Jesus Christ.

 

“We want you to see this period of Christmas as an opportunity to rekindle acts of love and kindness to one another and especially, to the vulnerable in the society.

 

“The season symbolizes love, care and compassion for persons, especially the weak, vulnerable and less-privileged.

 

“My message to everyone at this period is to put smiles on the face of persons, who may not necessarily be able to pay them back.”

 

The council boss said that Christmas was a season that demonstrated the depth of God’s love for mankind and exemplary sacrifice. which we should emulate in our relationship with our neighbours, irrespective of status and creed.

 

Apatira stressed that the LCDA banned all forms of “street jamz”, carnivals or public procession across the community.

 

He urged the residents to desist from any activity that could lead to the disruption of public peace and safety.

 

He said that the ban became imperative due to violence and wanton destruction of properties, usually experienced during the Yuletide season.

 

“The ban becomes necessary due to a series of violence and wanton destruction of valuable properties associated with such carnivals in recent times.

 

“In view of this, the executive, legislative and management team. while reviewing the security situation within and outside the council area, came to the conclusion that the ‘street jamz” and carnivals had become an avenue through which some unscrupulous people and cultists unleashed terror on innocent members of the public.

 

“As a government saddled with the constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and properties, this administration cannot fold its arms, while hoodlums will be making life difficult for law-abiding citizens.

 

“In this regard, all forms of ‘street jamz”, carnivals and public processions are, hereby, banned, and violators will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

 

The council boss urged residents to go about their normal activities without any fear of molestation, as his administration had taken proactive measures, in cooperation with security agencies, to guarantee hitch-free Christmas and New Year celebrations in the neighbourhood.

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