Ayokunle bemoans rising crimes, urges Nigerians to seek God’s intervention
President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Rev. Samson Ayokunle, has said that God helped Nigerians to escape all dangers and threats occasioned by the criminal activities of bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and other unscrupulous elements that operated with impunity in 2021.
In his New Year message titled ‘ Pray for God’s Mercy Over Nigeria’, Ayokunle lamented that criminals turned the nation’s roads into death traps even as kidnapping has become a big business in the country.
The cleric regretted that families of kidnapped people were at the mercy of criminals while some were not even fortunate as they were killed after the ransom had been paid.
He said: “2021 was one year too many as a result of the ways and manners these criminals have been operating with impunity as if this is not the country we have been all these years.
It is as if they have taken over the country. They invade communities, markets, churches and schools. They kill, maim, destroy and kidnap without much resistance or hindrance. Our security agencies have been overstretched and the best done by our government is far from being enough if we must say the truth without deceiving ourselves. The police have been parading the arrested kidnappers on the television but surprisingly, it appears as if they are too busy with their investigations to prosecute them.
“It gladdens my heart to say a resounding happy New Year 2022 to all Nigerians irrespective of their religious, tribal and political persuasions. Glory be to our God who helps us to escape all dangers and threats of the year 2021 occasioned by the criminal activities of the bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and other unscrupulous elements amidst us.”
The CAN President stated that the association has cried in vain for help from the developed world and the United Nations, saying they seem to be more occupied and busy with COVID-19 than paying attention to the daily destruction of lives going on in Nigeria.
He added: “ I call on all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations, to rise up and cry for the mercy of God that can preserve us and bring an end to all these pains. It appears as if our governments have got to their wit’s end over the menace of insecurity. Their major focus now is on the 2023 general election. Can the 2023 election happen if the nation is overrun by criminals? Our nation must survive first and be at peace before an election can take place.
“It is only God who can make the 2023 general election a reality. It is only God in his own way who can teach our leaders the right step to take. It is only God who can send us help from above.”