The Youth Wing Christian Association of Nigeria has stated that Nigerians may be forced to carry weapons in worship centres as a result of the incessant kidnapping in the country.
He opined that as a way of self defence, citizens may resort to carrying weapons in churches, mosques, while travelling and wherever they find the selves.
The organisation therefore called on the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and security agencies to sit up and act now or never.
This issue was raised by the national chairman of YOWICAN, Belusochukwu Enwere, in his speech titled: ‘Kidnapped RCCG members: Nigeria on the march to Golgotha‘, which was delivered at the just-concluded leadership retreat held in Abuja, and obtained by journalists on Sunday.
He was reacting to the kidnapping of a bus filled with Christians from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Kaduna Province 1 who were said to be going for a prayer work to Kafanchan.
According to him, the incidence of kidnapping had become a case too many and has left bitter tastes in the mouths of many persons in Nigeria.
He said, “We challenge the government, we challenge the security agencies to act now or never. The protection of lives and properties of the common man is their primary responsibility.
“Buhari’s government and security agencies should sit up. If the situation does not improve, YOWICAN fears that self defence may be inevitable as Nigerian citizens may be forced to arm themselves in churches, mosques, while travelling and in some holy places.
“Our hearts bleeds that a busload of Christians from RCCG from Kaduna Province 1 going for a prayer work to Kafanchan was abducted on their way. The incident of kidnapping is a case too many and has left bitter tastes in our mouths.
“For some time now, kidnapping has become the new trend in our society. Our students in Kastina, Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna and other parts of the country were kidnapped. And now abduction of church members. This is disheartening indeed.”