By Demola Akinyemi
ILORIN- President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Reverend Samson Ayokunle has urged the federal government to properly utilise the funds recovered from treasury looters to alleviate the rising suffering of masses in the country.
He also among other things, urged the federal government, “to do more to bring back the Chibok girls”.
Ayokunle said this in an interview with Journalists at the just concluded 103rd Baptist Convention in Ilorin during the week where over 20,000 members from all over the world came for the annual programme.
Stating that the theme of this year’s convention is “Moving Forward: Working out our salvation with fear and trembling,” the President stressed that “the convention has over 10,000 churches in Nigeria, 35 Conferences and 496 associations spread over the states and FCT, Abuja.It also has 10 foreign mission fields and 20 home mission fields in Nigeria”
He seized the occasion of the conference to express concern about the challenges facing the nation, especially the economic depression, robbery, kidnapping, unemployment, fuel scarcity and other vices, and called on Christians all over the world to continue to pray for God’s intervention in Nigeria.
Reverend Ayokunle who appreciated the efforts of the federal government in fighting corruption and the amount of money that has been recovered, craved the indulgence of the federal government for proper utilisation of the funds recovered.
The Clergyman added that “the recovered funds should be channelled towards revamping the productive sector of the economy in order to add value to the life of the common man on the street.”
“We appreciate God for the progress made in addressing the Security challenges in the nation. We urge the government to do more and to bring back the Chibok girls. We want the federal government to frontally address the epileptic supply and distribution of power which has become much more erratic recently.”
Reverend Ayokunle, however, noted that the just concluded conference witnessed salvation of souls and blessings to participants.