Clergy frowns at incessant killings, kidnappings, calls for security overhaul

The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) has condemned the incessant killings and Kidnappings for ransom in Kaduna state and the Country at large.

The church made the condemnation through the Archbishop of Kaduna province, Most Reverend (Dr) Ali Baba Lamido, in an exclusive interview with Blueprint in zaria after Wusasa Diocese of the Church’s pastor conference (Synod) tagged ‘The Changeless God in Changing Times’

He said the kidnapping of innocent citizens for ransom who were mostly common man and school children as well as poor was getting out hand.

He said it is worrisome that the kidnappers kill their victims despite the receiving ransom from their (victims’) relations

His words, “The state of insecurity in Nigeria will continue to increase unless the President effect the overhaul of the nation’s security architecture. With the lingering cases of insecurity ranging from insurgency, kidnapping and banditry among others, government must act fast to do the needful in the security sector.

“The federal government must take the necessary steps in the coordination of security for the protection of civilians including seeking international support for such protection to take effect in a timely manner.”

On ‘EndSars’ protest the Clergyman said “we align ourselves with ‘Endsars’ protest that took place few weeks ago, there was need for a protest meant to raise awareness over the unbecoming activities of SARS. it was largely induced by a sense of frustration arising from the age long situation of uncertainty of the future of Nigeria.

“The protest have become a symbol of for broader resentment and opened the path for marginalized Nigerian youth to vent bottled-up grievances against government, starting with the excesses of SARS, which the government has failed to address after several promises of reforms.

” Now that the government has yielded to the demands of the protesters by promising to reform the Police and setting up of judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate the excesses of the Law agents we should give them the benifit of doubt.”

The Archbishop therefore called on Citizens and youth in particular to remain calm and desist from action that would further exacerbate the situation, adding “we must resist temptation to react on impulse and must not allow things degenerate to the point where anarchy and chaos rule over logic.”

He however, warned against spread of fake news through social media as it could cause more chaos and confusion, saying that most times news was exaggerated and far more dramatic than is the case in reality.

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