Bishop Simeon Okah, the immediate past vice president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has described persons calling for amnesty for bandits as foolish and wicked.
Bandits have continued to terrorise Nigerians, especially in the northern part of the country and some northerners, including state governors, have been advocating amnesty for them.
A military camp was overran by armed bandits last Wednesday in Niger State, with the army forced to close the camp.
The bloated body of a soldier who was declared missing after the attack was founded in the bush two days later.
Okay, who is the founder and senior pastor of Flock of Christ Mission in an interview with Sunday Tribune, kicked against granting amnesty to the bandits with tax payers’ money.
He lamented that the youths are becoming hopeless about the country.
“A good number of those being called Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram or whatsoever are not even Nigerians. Anybody who suggests that a criminal should be given amnesty, who suggests that our taxes should be used to train criminals must be very foolish and wicked.
“I pray that they themselves should become victims. Let them feel what it is to be kidnapped. What pains me most is that these persons are well educated. Criminals should be arrested and taken to court so that justice can be served. The youths of this country are gradually becoming hopeless. Some of them cannot travel out of the country because they don’t have money”, he said.
He advised that the Federal Government should ensure adequate security in schools in the north.
The cleric further bemoaned the insecurity on highways across the country.
“Every school in the North should have security personnel who are well armed and trained. Sometimes, our security men are not well. They bear no arm. Every top politician in this country has gone abroad. When you see policemen abroad, all their waists are loaded with gadgets, but it is not so in this country; ours carry guns that don’t respond when fired.
“It should be included in our education curriculum that every student should be trained to fight. That is what makes Israel one of the greatest nations in the world when it comes to security. Whether they are women, boys or girls, they must be trained. So, to me, that should be introduced in the curriculum of the school system if our leaders would not mind.
“Nigeria has become a place where you cannot sleep with both eyes closed. To travel on the highways now, you either have to hire policemen or law enforcement officers to travel with you. Even with them, you sometimes are not still safe. No nation can do well without security and peace. Nobody wants to put his money where there is kidnapping every single day. Policemen and even the military are being killed as if they are cows or goats; this is unacceptable. So, our dear president should, please, sit up.
“In other countries, when things like these happen, the president will go to the place where such occured. I don’t know why President Buhari’s case is different from presidents of other nations,” he stated.