The Nigerian Baptist Convention (Men’s Missionary Union) has advised the Federal Government to prosecute arrested bandits, insurgents and other criminal elements.
NBC also condemned the recent killing of 22 travellers in Jos, Plateau State, and urged the government to take the war on the criminals.
The organisation made the observation in a communiqué yesterday issued at the end of its emergency 41st annual congress in Abuja and signed by the President, Dr Soye Asawo.
The communiqué read in part, “Congress asks the government to stop paying lip service to the fight against banditry and insurgency.
“We note with dismay the state of insecurity nationwide and ask the Federal Government to deploy more security personnel to fight the war as Nigeria is presently at war against insurgents, Boko Haram, banditry, and ISIS, so that the citizens do not resort to self-help in order to defend themselves.
“We ask the government to prosecute all those arrested, captured, or who surrendered over insurgency, banditry, and all forms of criminality.
“Congress asks the government to prosecute all those arrested, captured, or who surrendered over insurgency, banditry, and all forms of criminality.
“We support state police and ask the National Assembly to quickly amend the Constitution in this direction to give effect to the yearnings of the Nigerian people.”
Speaking on the kidnap of Bethel Baptist High School students in Kaduna State, NBC called on the federal and state governments to “do all it takes to rescue the remaining students from captivity.”