Payment of Ransom to Bandits: Who Gets What and Who Receives What, Bishop Onuoha Queries

Payment of Ransom to Bandits: Who Gets What and Who Receives What, Bishop Onuoha Queries

The Co-chair Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Ndukwo Onuoha, has accused Nigerian leaders of not telling the Nation truth about abductions in the country and negotiations with bandits, calling for a relegation of politics to the background so as to nip the quagmire in the bud.

Recall that the kidnapping of school children and other classes of people in the country, have become a daily occurrence in the country, hence instilling fear in people as no one knows the next victim.

Speaking on Sunday, the Methodist Bishop, stated in equivocal terms that Nigerians should be told the truth about all the kidnappings perpetuated in the country including who pays what and who gets what, stressing that Nigeria has become an object of caricature by virtue of the fact that leaders in the country freely negotiate with bandits.

The Global Peace Award who decried the level of politics played with virtually everything in the country, stressed the need for authorities to immediately address security challenges in the country, revealing that once Nigeria is under jeopardy, the entire country is finished.

The vocal cleric who noted that the education of the Nigerian child is paramount, said the future of Nigeria is bleak if children of school age cannot go to school, emphasizing that if such happens as is the case now, there is definitely no hope for a brighter future for the Nigerian child in areas ravaged by bandits, insurgents among others.

Bishop Onuoha, urged eminent Nigerians to rise up and defend the Nigerian child, else the poor , abandoned, hungry and other vulnerable groups will rise in unison to defend themselves, noting that it will be chaotic.

He lauded the efforts of the military and other security agencies in waging the war against terror , reiterating that more still needs to be done in order to win the war in banditry, kidnapping, insurgency among others.

Bishop Onuoha advised the President Muhammadu led government to, as a matter of urgency, deploy security personnel to all boarding schools in the country and reduce the number of Police check points on Nigerian roads as this will improve the security apparatus and deter them from extorting money from innocent travelers while turning a blind eye to the carnage carried out against these travelers.

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