Inter-Faith group proffers solution to banditry, kidnappings in Nigeria

Inter-Faith group proffers solution to banditry, kidnappings in Nigeria

- Clerics in Nigeria have been asked to stop fueling crisis in the country

- An Inter-Faith group said fervent prayer and fasting remain the only panacea to the nagging menace in Nigeria

- The group also said that hate sermons encourage the activities of killers in the name of politics or religion

The National Inter-Faith and Religious Organizations for Peace (NIFROP) in Nigeria has proffered the way forward to banditry kidnappings and other crises in some parts of the country.

The group said fervent prayer and fasting remain the only panacea to the nagging menace in Nigeria.

NIFROP also called on Nigerian clergymen and women for concerted spiritual efforts towards rendering the evil of kidnapping, ethnic killings and banditry null and void whilst supporting security agencies to carry out their duties towards defeating them.

At a press conference on Sunday, April 28, the group, through one of her leaders, Bishop Jacob Madaki, also warned clergymen and messengers of God who covertly or overtly promote ethnic rife or propagate hate sermons to encourage the activities of killers in the name of politics or religion to desist as it would do the nation no good.

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Madaki said Nigeria has been blessed by the Almighty God with abundant natural and human resources today.

He also said the the country has one of the best Presidents in the world and it is clear that those who fear the prosperity of our nation will never go to bed to sleep.

"But today, we are being tormented by evil men and the country is in severe violent conflicts and killings being instigated by some demonic and selfish Nigerians.

"This is a painful fact known to all of us seated here and the generality of Nigerians in states, communities and homesteads. We cannot pretend about this frustrating reality," Madaki said.

He said it is unhealthy for the peace, security, development and progress of any country.

"We cannot triumph even in the sight of God by creating or promoting violence through inter-faith conflicts, ethnic supremacy and such other motivations for killings of ourselves.

He further appealed to all Nigerians to go down on their kneels in ceaseless fasting and prayers for God to rescue Nigeria from bloodsucking vermins.

"And it is a clarion call to every genuine religious leader irrespective of denomination or creed to pray for Nigeria and also, urge their congregation to do so.

It is their responsibility to give the government a guide to lead the nation to peace and prosperity, not violence, killings and destruction or hate sermons on the pulpit, laced in outward piousness," he said.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some clerics in Lagos have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his re-election to do more in improving security of Nigeria.

The clerics gave the advice on Tuesday, April 16, asking the president to , unite Nigerians and use the nation’s resources to develop the country the more.

Also, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, urged the President to do more in the areas of securing lives and property of the citizens.

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