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Give Pastors, Imams “Special” Palliatives, Don’t Turn Them To Beggars – MURIC To State Govts.

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, Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (), has urged state governments to provide “special” palliatives to religious leaders in their states.

Give Pastors, Imams "Special" Palliatives, Don't Turn Them To Beggars - MURIC To State Govts.
Give Pastors, Imams “Special” Palliatives, Don’t Turn Them To Beggars – MURIC To State Govts.

Akintola who made this known in a statement on Wednesday noted that the lack of such palliatives has necessitated the calls for the reopening of Mosques and Churches in the country.

“The open demand by certain religious leaders for their places of worship to be reopened lends credence to the pressure clerics are going through,” he said.

“Even the recent decision by some state governments to reopen religious centres is not unconnected with subterranean agitations from clerics in the states. Deserted for weeks, the house of God longs for warmth.

“The impact of the economic nosedive on imams and pastors cannot be overemphasized particularly for a country whose proletariat is overworked, underpaid and overtaxed.”

Akintola said the Nigerian economic realities call for government attention.

“MURIC therefore advises the various state governments to speedily devise means of getting special palliatives to the clerics in the churches and mosques.

“They deserve attention at this crucial moment because they have nowhere to go. They should not be turned to beggars. They have served the government at various times. They should not be abandoned in their hour of need.

“Besides, members of their families deserve decent lives as Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of stipulates the right to life for every citizen while Section 34 confers the right to the dignity of the human person.”

Adelowo Adegboyega
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