As Muslims prepare for the Sallah celebration, the Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has handed down a warning to drivers in the country to obey traffic rules and regulations or be arrested.
Oyeyemi gave the warning in his Sallah Message, on Sunday, and the statement was made available by the Head, Media Relations and Strategy of the corps, Bisi Kazeem, in Abuja.
“As the Muslim Ummah observe the feast, let everyone celebrate with the spirit of obedience to God and recognise the sanctity of human lives by obeying all traffic rules and regulations and avoiding acts capable of undermining safety of other road users.
“People should, therefore, avoid overloading, speed limit violation, dangerous driving and phoning/texting while driving and also avoid the use of worn-out/expired tyres,” he said.
As a build up to the 1st October comnencement of nationwide enforcement, the FRSC boss urged commercial vehicles operators to install speed limiting device as only the living can celebrate.
He further called on Nigerians to assist the corps and other security agencies deployed to manage the traffic by conducting themselves in safe and orderly manner, pointing out that FRSC patrol and rescue teams have been put on alert to assist road travellers.
He added that the Help Areas/Road Side Clinics across the country would remain open to attend to emergencies.
Oyeyemi called on members of the public to immediately notify FRSC of any emergency situations through its emergency line: 0700-CALL-FRSC (0700-22553772) or Toll-free line: 122 for prompt response.
The corps marshal, who wished all Nigerians happy motoring and safe Eid-El kabir celebration, assured Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful, of safe Sallah celebration.
He said that adequate logistics provisions have been made to ensure removal of obstructions and crash-free celebration.
Oyeyemi enjoined them to be safety conscious throughout the period of the festivity.
Stressing the significance of the Sallah celebration, he noted that it is centred around devotion and obedience to the will of Allah, which Prophet Ibrahim exemplified by his willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.
According to him, “there are great lessons for mankind to learn from the obedience shown to God by Prophet Ibrahim even in the present life. Eid-El Kabir celebration teaches us how to show obedience to God in all that we do as human beings.”