The President of the Federal Capital Territory Baptist Conference, Abuja, Rev Dogara Gwana, has faulted the Nigerian government’s rehabilitation and reintegration of the so-called repentant terrorists, more so recruiting them into the Armed Forces without serving justice to their crimes.
Dogara, who decried the ravaging insecurity across the country which the Christian communities had become the major victims, noted that the government inactions are emboldening the perpetrators of the dastardly acts on daily basis.
In a statement, the president said, “We now have a situation where we have what we call “repentant terrorist.” So, characters who have caused so much pain to families and institutions in the country are now reintegrated into the society and even enrolled in the military.
“I personally consider this an anomaly and a dangerous trend. While the church preaches forgiveness and restoration, the church also preaches justice based on the biblical principle that establishes sowing and reaping. A man reaps what he sows even when he had repented.”
The cleric explained that God forgives and restores men, “but governments are established to ensure justice which serves as a deterrent against the perpetuation of criminality.”
“Most recently, in the Kajuru area of Kaduna State, some churches were attacked by the usual unknown gunmen killing three people and abducting scores of others. The attacks have become so regular that using the appellation “unknown” appears a contradiction.
“Government cannot claim that these men are unknown gun men, considering the regularity of their operations. Daredevils cannot continue to unleash mayhem on innocent citizens while government maintains that the assailants are unknown.
“The tragic massacre of Christian worshippers in a Church in Owo, Ondo cannot be easily forgotten. Kidnapping for ransom has become a big business in Nigeria and the Christian fold has suffered immensely in this menace.
“Bethel Baptist Comprehensive High school children were taken and the church went through the harrowing experience of having to pay ransom and most recently the Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, His Eminence, Samuel Kanu-Uche and two others were abducted and the church had to pay a huge amount of money to secure their release.
“Another clergyman was kidnapped with his wife and son in Oyo State and was asked to pay the sum of N50m before they could be released.
“A Catholic priest and hundreds of Christians are still languishing in the den of these terrorists. Victims of the train attack are still in bondage and several people have died in the hands of the men who have practically held Nigeria captive.
“The attacks are widespread, affecting all areas of the Nigerian society and everyone irrespective of his faith persuasion has a gory story to share.”
While commending the President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment in his Democracy Day message to Nigeria where he promised to end the insecurity before his tenure ends, the cleric urged him to keep his word.
“We call on the president to keep his word and mobilize all government apparatus to go after these criminals until they are fully rounded up. This we believe is within the capacity of our military if there is government willpower and true commitment.”