A clergyman, Mr Yohanna Buru has lamented about the way most Nigerians lacked respect for the dead; as cemeteries have been turned to refuse dump sites and were often covered with pet bottles.
The pastor of Christ Intercessory Fellowship, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna; said this while briefing newsmen after a tour of some cemeteries in Kaduna.
According to him, it is unfortunate that citizens have stopped respecting the serenity of the graveyards; which supposed to maintain a clean and sacred environment and not dump site.
“Citizens should be God fearing and remember that, they are all going back to the cemeteries one day.
“Many cemeteries in Nigeria are in poor and bizarre conditions as most of them have turn out to be latrines; refuse dumps, hideouts for criminals and ritualists among other atrocities.
“The environment in some graveyards are not looking good due to the large number of pet bottles within and outside the premises.
“A graveyard must be properly secured and fenced to avoid trespass or encroachment to the premises, it is not a grazing site for animals or a place of smoking Indian hemp,” he said.
Buru added that; “The surrounding of most of the cemeteries are not good looking due to lack of sanitation by those in charge of the places.
“We must respect the dead more so when cemeteries hold great significance to communities across the country.”
He said that the cemeteries should be cleaned; adding that State and Local Government authorities must ensure that cemeteries do not turn into permanent refuse dump sites.
Buru thanked the African Climate reporters on its selfless service toward raising public awareness; on the dangers of throwing trash into sacred places like cemeteries.
He called on environmental officers to start creating public awareness on the cleaning of sacred places and the environment.
In the same vein, Malam Gambo Abdullahi, a Muslim scholar, condemned those using cemeteries as toilet grounds and asked them to stop the habit.
Abdullahi, a member of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO); said that there was need to carry out regular cleaning of grave yard to keep them clean.