Nsukkaâ€”A cleric, Pastor Paul Nwalaka, has ascribed the release of the abducted journalists and their driver 18 July by their abductors to an act of God, resulting from constant prayers by their colleagues and family members.
Nwalaka, the Overseer of God is Love Ministry, Nsukka, made the remark in an interview in Nsukka yesterday.
The four journalists and their driver were kidnapped 11 July while returning to Lagos at the end of an official engagement in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
Nwalaka explained that the prayers offered by different NUJ councils and other Nigerians were responsible for their release, saying: â€œThat was why their abductors could no longer wait for any ransom. â€œWe should all understand that there is power in prayer and there is no problem that prayer cannot solve.â€
He commended journalists for their strong faith in God, stressing that â€œit was the first time people were kidnapped and their colleagues resorted to prayers to seek Godâ€™s intervention.
The cleric urged other professionals to emulate the NUJ by takingÂ advantage of the efficacy of prayer in seeking solutions to their problems.
He also appealed to the government to adequately fund and equip the police to enable them to effectively rise to the challenge of crime control, noting that the abduction of the journalists had exposed the inadequacy of the force in securing lives and property.
Uwalaka urged government to find a lasting solution to the unemployment problem in the country, saying it was joblessness that had forced the youth to take to crime.
He, however, added that criminals and kidnappers should not use the problem of joblessness as an excuse to commit crime, saying such disorientation did not fall into Godâ€™s plan and purposes for their lives.