By G9ija

The Nigerian Baptist Convention Youth Conference has decried the spate of insecurity, persecution of Christians, and the harsh socio-economic policies in the country, saying the Federal Government must make urgent move to curtail the trend.

The youth group spoke during a march against violence and killing of Christians in parts of the North, as well as skyrocketing value added tax, electricity bills and hike in the rates of other essential services in Nigeria.

During the march, held on the premises of Molete Baptist Church, Ibadan, on Friday, the group displayed placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Stop Nigeria bloodbath,’ ‘Enough of the bloodshed,’ ‘Stop the killing,’ ‘We need peace in our land,’ ‘Arise oh Lord,’ and ‘Say no more killing of innocent Nigerians.’

The President, NBCYC, Pastor Enunuaye Onajite, in a speech titled, ‘In a time like this,’ taken from the book of Esther 4:14, delivered ahead of the 48th Annual National Youth Conference of the church, expressed worry that Nigerians had not seen an effective, workable policy by the government to address the challenges.

He said, “Nigeria has never been more unsafe like in recent times. Nigerians are being killed daily. The dreaded and violent Book Haram terrorists are killing Nigerians in the North-East, armed Fulani herdsmen are killing innocent farmers in the North-Central. Bandits are killing Nigerians in the North-West. Kidnapping, armed robbery and associated crimes have taken over the entire south. Protests in the South-East over perceived marginalisation by the government have led to clashes with security forces. We demand overhauling of the security architectural design of the nation. We demand a security council that will reflect the plurality of the nation; a true Nigerian security council and not Northern Nigerian Security Council.

“Government must urgently address issues relating to access to land, jobs and socio-economic development, which are sometimes fueled by politicians. Also, modern equipment to fight both symmetric and asymmetric wars should be purchased and deployed in the hotspots, while welfare of the security agents must be prioritised.”