Do More To Defeat Banditry Before 2023 Elections–President Nigeria Baptist Convention.
The National President of the Nigeria Baptist Convention, Dr Israel Akanji has warned that if something urgently is not done to curtail the problem of banditry, the criminals will accelerate their pace with the coming on stream of the 2023 general election.
He stated while addressing journalists during the final of the funeral of Madam Deborah Omoronike Ibitoye in Inisa, Odo Otin Local Government area of Osun State.
Dr Akanji said since political campaigns and elections ordinarily increase activities,spending and money in circulation, the bandits might take advantage in order to extort innocent Nigerians.
He said out of the 121 students of Bethel High school Kaduna state kidnapped over a week ago, only one of them had been released because he was sick and they did not want him to die in their custody, while the bandits insisted on collecting huge amounts of money before they could release the students.
In an emotion laden voice, The Baptist Convention National president said, the Baptist church had been providing Education in Nigeria since 1855 and kidnappers attack on one such schools was a good way to pay the mission back.
Speaking on moral decadence and increased wave of criminality in Nigeria, the cleric pointed our that the failure of the home as result of laxity of parents as well as the negative implications of technology advancement were majorly responsible.
In a service held at the St Peters Anglican Church,inisa, Venerable Williams Ojeluade charged Christians to take note of the fact that all men would account for their deeds before the almighty God.
Venerable Ojeluade therefore appealed to those perpetrating various criminal activities including,armed robbery,kidnapping and terrorism to remember that a day would come between them and their creator, when no one would be able to defend anyone.