Cleric to Nigerians: Turning cemeteries to refuse dump sites, disrespect for death – Daily Nigerian


A cleric, Yohanna Buru says most Nigerians lacked respect for the dead, as cemeteries have been turned to refuse sites and were often covered with pet bottles.

Mr Buru, a of Christ Intercessory Fellowship, Sabon Tasha, , said this while briefing newsmen after a tour of some cemeteries in .

According to him, it is unfortunate that citizens have stopped respecting the serenity of the graveyards which supposed to be a and sacred and not dump .

“Citizens should be fearing and that, they are going back to the cemeteries .

“Many cemeteries in are in poor and bizarre conditions as most of them have turned out to be latrines, refuse dumps, hideouts for and ritualists among atrocities.

“The environment in some graveyards is 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.

Mr Buru added: “The surrounding of most of the cemeteries are not good looking due to lack of by those in charge of the .

“We must respect the dead more so when cemeteries hold significance to communities across the country.”

He said that the cemeteries should be cleaned, adding that State and Local authorities must ensure that cemeteries were not turned into permanent refuse dump sites .

Mr Buru thanked the reporters selfless service toward raising awareness on the dangers of throwing into sacred places like cemeteries.

He called on officers to start creating public awareness on the cleaning of sacred places and the environment.

Gambo Abdullahi, a scholar, also condemned those using cemeteries as grounds and asked them to stop the habit.

Mr Abdullahi, a member of Peace Revival and Reconciliation of Nigeria, a Non Governmental Organisation, , said that was need to carry out regular cleaning of cemeteries to keep them clean.

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