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Published On: Mon, Apr 9th, 2018

Cleric bemoans high rate of insecurity, urges stiffer measures

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From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

The President of United Church of Christ in Nations also known as HEKAN ,Reverend Amos Kiri has said Nigeria has become a fearful place to live because citizens could be kidnapped, attacked in the farm or even in their homes by hoodlums/bandits.
He stated this in his speech at the 52nd Annual Convention of the church held in kaduna yesterday.
He therefore called on the Federal and state Governments to intensify security and save the lives and properties of citizens.
According to him, recent allegation of compromise by some bad elements among our security forces and subsequent admittance by the Federal Government as reported by the media should be investigated and the culprits punished according to the laws of the land.
He added that the only way the spate of killings can be nipped so that we can all exercise our freedom to live or move anywhere we wish within the country is to guarantee security to all.
“While we commend the efforts of the federal government in the release of some of the kidnapped Chibok girls,
“We were again shocked when the sad news filtered again that another set of girls were kidnapped in Dapchi. Sadden as this kidnapping is.
“We are happy that some of the Dapchi girls have been released. However, the report that one of the kidnapped girls was not released along with the others because she refused to renounce her Christian faith may have compromised the good efforts of the Govt.
“I therefore, call on the government to intensify efforts that will lead to the release of all the girls. Additional security measures should also be put in place to safe guard the lives of all Nigerians, irrespective of their tribes, religion or political affiliations.
Speaking on the 2019 elections Rev Kiri called on all Nigerians to come out and partake in the election of who should govern them, saying If they do not go out and vote,they should not blame anybody when the wrong person or persons are elected or ascend the helms of affairs.
“Therefore, I want you to know that your single vote counts, don’t throw it away by refusing to endure and follow the process of election when the time comes.
“No Christian should be deceived any longer about separation of Christianity from politics; Christians should and must vie for positions and be fully involved in government/governance. After all the holy Bible says,“When the rulers are good, the people are happy. When the rulers are evil, the people complain”
“However, I urge Christian’s politicians seeking for elective position to do that with the sole aim to rescue Nigerians and Nigeria from ills, evil and the suffering we are going through
“This is because the scripture says, “The righteous care about justice for the poor…” As it stands today, what our country desperately need is care for the masses and justice for all citizens.”

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