General Overseer, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Prophet Christopher Owolabi, on Monday called for an end to killings in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Owolabi, who made the call during a special prayer for Nigeria’s democratic development in Omu-Aran, Kwara, stating that is in the interest of national security, progress and peaceful co-existence.
The cleric said that the killings by a cult known as Badoo should be a cause for concern for all Nigerians, adding that it deserved to be treated as a matter of urgency and national importance.
He pleaded with the federal and Lagos State governments to deploy adequate resources to end the killings without delay.
He said, “The killings in Lagos should be a concern of every Nigerian irrespective of ethnic, religious or political background, as the state is home for all.”
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“The nation, with its numerous socio-economic challenges, should not witness anymore security threats, especially, as we look forward to another electoral process in 2019,” he said.
The cleric urged improvement in intelligence gathering by security operatives, adding that they should be able to arrest and expose those behind the killings.
He, however, commended the Lagos State Government for efforts so far in checking the killings.
He also appealed to religious leaders to intensify efforts toward promoting a violence- free society.
Owolabi urged governments to give priority attention to youth employment as a strategy to curb crime in the country.