Festivities and terrorism: ARLPI call for vigilance

GULU – The Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) has called on the people in the sub-region and the country to remain vigilant as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the New Year’s Day.

Their appeal follow recent incidents of terror attacks majorly in Central Uganda which has left a number of people dead and others injured.

Sheik Musa Khelil, the Acholi Muslim District Khadi says, most times terrorists tend to plan and attacks where people have gathered or plan to gather to fulfil their mission.

The district Khadi also says, since the current period is for celebration, people tend to gather and live a carefree life and are not security cautious which makes it very easy for the terrorists to attack.

“Most times people congregate from various parts of the world to have some time with their relatives and friends. When people congregate, they are usually not security conscious which makes it very easy for the terrorists to attack,” Khelil observed.

“Now as we celebrate Christmas and New Year’s day, my appeal is that we are security cautious of the terrorists and also the pandemic because we don’t know where our colleagues are from and whether they are positive or not, otherwise we risk plunging the country into further restrictions which will continue to hurt our economy,” Khelil adds.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, the Bishop of the Gulu Archdiocese while speaking to journalists from Flight View Hotel in Gulu City West Division this week, rallied people not only to focus on their personal joy but that of the underprivileged people by sharing the little they have.

Odama, also the acting Chairperson of ARLPI said, the festivities should be for showing love, sharing and protecting each other from the country’s deadliest enemy, COVID-19 which has subjected many people to abject poverty as a result of the continuous restrictions to curtail its spread.

David Ongom Mudong, the Aswa Region Police Spokesperson in a recent interview with our reporter said, their security deployment will double over the festive season since people will want to flout the guidelines set to curtail the spread of the contagion which is also likely to expose the region to terror acts.

Ongom said, they were doubling foot and motorized patrols to ensure sanity in the City center and other towns and trading centers within the region.


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