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Cleric urges aggressive fight against banditry, kidnapping


[FILE]Parents of abducted students stand on Kachia Road that leads to Bethel Baptist School after 140 boarding students were abducted by gunmen in Kaduna, northwestern Nigeria, on July 5, 2021. – Gunmen kidnapped 140 students from a boarding school in northwestern Nigeria on July 5, 2021, a school official said, the latest in a wave of mass abductions targeting schoolchildren and students. (Photo by Kehinde Gbenga / AFP)

Prelate of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Nzie Nsi Eke, has urged the Federal Government to get more aggressive in the fight against banditry and kidnapping in the country, warning that the 2023 elections would be a mirage if these crimes were not tamed.

He noted that the high level of banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen attacks, robbery, cult crises and the likes were driving Nigeria into a failed state.

Eke also urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to sign the new Electoral Bill into law until e-transmission is included in it. 

Briefing journalists on the 175th anniversary of the church, yesterday, in Abuja, Eke noted that the church was deeply concerned about the state of the nation, adding that Nigerians could no longer sleep with their two eyes closed in most parts of the country. 

The Prelate said the country was treading a wrong path, noting that Nigerians needed to sit down and talk to move forward. 

He said: “We are living witnesses to what happened in the last Edo election. It gave us hope for the possibility of freer and fairer elections in Nigeria. We believe it is not too late for the National Assembly to amend their decisions on this otherwise the President should not sign the new Electoral Bill until e-transmission of result is included. We pray our President will write his name in the sands of time, as one of those leaders in our nation’s history who significantly improved our electoral process.”

Eke expressed firm belief in the unity of Nigeria, appealing to the Federal Government to take the current the spate of separatist agitations that have been rocking the country seriously. He noted that the situation should not be taken for granted or approached with force.


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