Jigawa State Hisbah Board has urged residents of the state to ensure proper sanitation and maintenance of graveyards in their respective communities.
Malam Ibrahim Dahiru, the Hisbah Commander, said that graveyards were supposed to be a clean and sacred environment; free from any form of dirt, stressing that it must be properly secured; fenced to guard against trespass and encroachment.
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The commander lamented the pathetic state of some of the graveyards, particularly in rural areas due to poor sanitation.
“It is worrisome that we are not giving the needed attention to the maintenance of the graveyard through regular sanitation to keep them tidy and clean.
“Some of the graveyards are outgrown by weeds, and this is why people only bury the dead during the day for fear of dangerous reptiles inhabiting them.
“There are times cattle graze around the cemetery and they might destroy some of the graves,” he said.
The Hisbah Commander said people should endeavour to make graveyards better as it is their final resting place.
“At least residents should ensure they weed out grass three times a year in their respective graveyards,” he said.
While urging wealthy individuals to assist in providing perimeter fencing of graveyards in their respective communities, Dahiru urged the state and local governments to engage volunteers to protect it from encroachment. (NAN)