By Jide Afolabi
President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention Youth Conference, NBCYC, Pastor Enunuaye Onajite has condemned in strongest terms, the massacre of innocent worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa, Owo, Ondo state yesterday, Sunday.
He described the attack as unprovoked and an attack not just on Christians across Nigeria but on their faith.
Onajite said that the government has failed to provide security for the citizens hence, the need for citizens to take their security into their own hands.
He said that the archaic security architecture in the country is not working and that is why the crime rate is increasing daily.
The youth leader in a statement he personally signed and issued today, Monday, expressed frustration of Nigerians on the state of the nation.
He called for a national security summit that would lead to training of young Christians to defend the Church whenever the need arises.
He said “From the look of things, we have resigned to fate following the incidences of unabated attacks against the Church in Nigeria. I am calling on the leadership from the Convention to our Churches to as a matter of urgency call for a security summit where the awareness and consciousness of the security of the present day Church would be a subject of discussion and plan strategically the best way to start training our young people to be able to defend the Churches when the need arises.
“We should remember the Nehemiah experience of working with one hand and holding a weapon with another hand. God has not saved us to die like chickens on a daily basis because of share ignorance wherein the enemies are taking serious advantage of. We say no to this carnage bedeviling the church.
“The constant kidnapping and paying of ransome has to come to an end. Jesus already paid for our ransome with his blood, what is happening to us today is only negligence, we can choose to avoid it. The time to rise is now.”
He added that no part of the country is safe. “We don’t have anywhere in this nation that’s not under siege. We are surrounded by vipers of all sort that at every provocation you see reactions that results in lost of lives and properties. Must we continue like this? We say NO. We need to start buying guns and tools that can detect and track dangerous adventure around our Churches”, he concluded.
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