Christian youth group chides FG over insecurity, tariff hike, others
Akintoye cautions against violence during independence rallies
The Nigerian Baptist Convention Youth Conference (NBCYC) has lampooned the Federal Government over the rising insecurity, persecution of Christians and the harsh economic policies in the country.
Urging the Federal Government to urgently curtail the ugly trends during a rally against violence, the group condemned killing of Christians in parts of the north, crime and criminality, as well as increases in Value Added Tax (VAT), electricity tariff, fuel and other essential utilities.
The protest match held at the Molete Baptist Church, Ibadan, the youth carried placards with inscriptions as, “Stop The Blood Bath In Nigeria,” “Enough Of The Bloodshed,” “Stop The Killings,” ‘We Need Peace In Our Land,” “Arise Oh Lord,” and “Say No More Killing Of Innocent Nigerians,” among others.
President of NBCYC, Enunuaye Onajite, in his speech titled, In A Time Like This, delivered ahead of the 48th Annual National youth Conference of the Church, noted that there was threat to human existence globally with the worse scenario playing out in the country.
MEANWHILE, President-General of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Prof. Banji Akintoye, maintained that Nigerians have the right to organise peaceful protests over the state of the nation and demand to leave Nigeria.
He, however, cautioned the Yoruba people against violence, saying, “I have often maintained that our youths should be peaceful and law-abiding in all their actions. I have never said anything about October 1 other than that if anybody insists on rallies in Nigeria on October 1, 2020 they should be peaceful and respect the law.”
“That they must not regard law enforcement agents as their enemies and that if the police order them to disperse, they should do so and not argue with the police. The Yoruba should show maturity and not appear like people who want to disrupt the peace of Nigeria.”
He explained that he was disappointed and shocked over statements credited to him in a national daily about President Muhammadu Buhari’s likelihood of being Nigeria’s last president and that the Yoruba nation would take its self-determination on October 1, saying those were not his words.
“Those who are close to me know that I stand only for peaceful negotiations out of Nigeria’s present situation. I have usually granted interviews in the Nigerian media in that direction.
“I have the greatest respect for the media as a key factor in democracy and progress. I am surprised that words that are not mine should be smuggled into my responses to questions asked me during an interview. I am shocked,” he stated.