Top Christian leaders in Nigerian such as pastors WF Kumuyi, Enoch Adeboye, Bishop David Oyedepo, and others have been urged to act swiftly to the rescue of students abducted from schools in the Northern part of the country.
Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, made the call while communicating with newsmen on Wednesday, July 21.
According to Bamgbose, God may hold the clergies accountable if they refused to act now, adding that preaching is not enough at this time. He stressed that the clergies must practice what they profess to their followers.
Bamgbose reiterated CAGG’s willingness to work round the clock to ensure that all the 348 students abducted in Kebbi, Niger, and the Kaduna states are released before the end of this month.
The group said it won’t give up on the bid to secure the release of the children. CAGG further appealed to the abductors of the students to grant it more time, adding that something will be done in a matter of days, It added that its earlier deadline to get the students out of captivity which ended this week, was not feasible.
Bamgbose said, “It is evident from the news about the abducted 121 students of the Bethel Baptist Church, Kaduna, that the students will soon regain their freedom.
“The abductors have decided to reduce the ransom to N60m. As said earlier on, our group will work round the clock to ensure that all the 348 students abducted in Kebbi, Niger, and the Kaduna States are released before the end of this month. We won’t give up.
“We appeal to the bandits for more time as something will be done in a matter of days, yesterday deadline was not feasible.”
Bamgbose said that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the students regain their freedom before month-end.
“In this respect, I will call on the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, Christian Association of Nigeria, and church leaders to come to the rescue of these innocent and hapless students,” he added.
“We should not at this critical time abandon the Baptist Church. We should be our brother’s keeper. We cannot claim to be Christians when we neglect to assist others in times of need.
“I will therefore urge Pastor Kumuyi, Pastor Adeboye, Pastor Oyedepo, and other prominent men of God in Nigeria to rise to the occasion and come to the rescue of these students.
“Preaching is not enough, we must practice what we preach. If any of their children were abducted and N60m was demanded, one is sure that they will pay the ransom.
“In this case, we are talking of 120 souls. God may hold them accountable if they refuse to act timely. If any of them could contribute to the Federal Government during the COVID-19 saga, why won’t they do the same to rescue these students?
“We urge the bandits not to harm the students as something will be done shortly. Hopefully, by next week we shall, other things being equal, come up with Save Our Students Fund, SOS Fund. It will be an appeal fund to rescue the abducted students. We must show concern for our fellow Nigerians irrespective of their tribe and religion.
“The unifying factor is that we are Nigerians bonded together by divine purpose to be one nation. We won’t allow the bandits to waste the lives of our future generation. Together we can make Nigeria a better place to live.”