From Our Reporter
A Christian group, Student Christian Movement of Nigeria has decried the worsening insecurity in the country.
The group therefore called for prayers for the redemption of the country.
This was contained in a communique made available to journalists in Ibadan by National, Inter-Church and International Affairs Coordinator , Dr. Ademola Ayodele and National President, Evang. Oguazi Onyemobi.
The group said the National Executive Committee NEC meeting in Benin-city, Edo state on the February 8 deliberated on issues relating to missions, discipleship, welfare of members and the society, stated that God’s mission is wholesome when there is active participation of Christian bodies in social matters “as God has called us to be stewards and light of the world and therefore issued this communiqué.”
They said the group condemned the spate of violence, insecurity, kidnapping and terrorism in Nigeria and call on the Federal Government to step up actions and policies to curb the menaces and restore peace and security in the country.
“We vehemently declare that the continued detention of Leah Sharibu by Islamic terrorists is unacceptable and we call on the Federal Government to rise up to its responsibility and secure her immediate release and the release of many other young girls held in captivity by the terrorists.
“We lend our support to the efforts by some States and Regions in Nigeria to set up security outfits and vigilante groups to help the Nigerian Police Force to secure lives and properties in the respective States and Regions.
“We consider issues of security of lives and properties as being of paramount importance in Nigeria and whatever can be done to guarantee them should be supported.
We call on the Federal Government and all their officials to set in motion every process that would immediately reduce the effects of violence and mitigate the loss of those already affected.
“We recommend that the Federal Government make statements, actions and policies that will see to the protection of all citizens in these precarious times.
While we do not begrudge any individual from seeking to promote his or her religion in a peaceful, the Student Christian Movement wishes to state that Christianity is peaceful and does not preach violence or condone it. We believe that Government should not condone acts of violence that put the lives of innocent citizens at risk”.
Speaking on new marriage licensing, the group said: “We consider the Federal Government’s new Marriage Licensing law as a direct attack and an exploitative move by the Ministry of Interior Affairs on the youths in Nigeria who will be the most affected by the Law.
“Such a law portrays our Government as being insensitive to the plight of the Nigerian youths who are facing hard times with rising unemployment.
“The direct impact the law will have on the society is that there will be more cohabitation of unmarried couples and more children born out of wedlock.
“We completely disagree and disavow this policy. We recommend that this government step down this policy for necessary adjustments.”
The group called for prayers for the redemption of the country.