RESIDENT pastor of Ikoyi Baptist Church, Rev. Abayomi Lawal has called on the Federal Government to evolve new strategies to confront the unabating security challenges facing the country, reports OLAYINKA LATONA.
Briefing newsmen in preparation for a dedication of new sanctuary scheduled for today, the cleric stated that the Church is worried about the spate bombings, destruction of lives and property in some parts of the country. He urged the Federal Government to develop the political will to fish out the brains behind the spate of insecurity in the country, adding that those perpetrating the evils are not ghosts, but human and that such people should be brought to justice.
He said: “President Goodluck Jonathan has not done enough to stem the growing trend of terrorism in the country; warning that the killings could lead to a religious war if something drastic is done urgently.”
Lawal also urged government to put in place policies that would open up avenues for youth employment. He also advised religious bodies and other corporate organisations as well as public spirited individuals to establish vocational centres and train the youths on various skills to make stand as entrepreneurs rather than wait for white collar jobs that are no whewre to be found.
In his words: “The government should do something about unemployment and alleviate poverty in the county. It is so disheartening seeing the army of unemployed graduates in the country.”
Chairman of dedication committee, Dr. Kayode Roberts said the foundation of the project was laid by former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo seven years ago, pointing out that event would run for eight days. Theme: “Celebrating God’s Glory.”
The activities, according to him, include crossover and dedication service, concert, symposium, teenagers & children’s talent show, prayer chain, praise night which will be led by Dr. Ron Kenoly, Big-B, Tim Godfrey & Citadel of Praise and the grand finale on Sunday with a thanksgiving service, dedication and love feast.