President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, has expressed concern over the abduction of the Archbishop of the Niger Delta Province of the Anglican Communion of Nigeria, His Grace, Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey and his wife, Beatrice.
The wife has been released.
Oritsejafor has appealed to the kidnappers of the Archbishop to release him unconditionally and unharmed as a means of atoning for the sacrilege they had committed.
Pastor Oritsejafor, in a statement in Abuja, said: “The crime of forcefully taking away or holding somebody prisoner, usually for ransom, has become a showy display, a kind of publicity stunt in ways that explain the serious insecurity in Nigeria.”
Given the ferocious and violent manner these kidnappings are carried out, Oritsejafor is worried that if the crime of kidnapping was not matched with equally harsh or severe punishments, Nigeria may be in for an even worse situation than she is with the terrorist activities.
He said: “In circumstances where kidnappers shoot and kill people before forcefully abducting the victims, we call on the Federal Government to treat kidnappers like armed robbers and terrorists by invoking laws that would stop criminality.”
Meanwhile, as the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Sunday Makinde retires from active pastoral service, CAN President has wished him a fruitful and beneficial withdrawal.