The Federal and Kaduna State Governments has been charged by the Nigerian Baptist Convention to intensify their efforts to put an end to the security challenges in the country.
The President of the convention, Rev. Dr Israel Akanji, made this call in a statement released in respect to the abduction of students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna.
Akanji called on Baptist members across the world and well-meaning Nigerians to unite in their prayers for the rescue of those children and other people in similar situations.
The Baptist President also charged parents to remain calm and keep faith in God “for there is nothing He cannot do”.
He noted that he received a distress call in the early hours of Monday, that bandits had attacked Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, Kaduna.
“We immediately contacted security operatives and mobilised other stakeholders for the rescue mission.”
“To the glory of God, 28 students have been reunited with their families, while 125 students are yet to be accounted for.”
“We have been reliably informed that search and rescue operations are ongoing, involving the Nigeria Army, the Nigeria Air force and other security agencies.”
“We strongly believe that, by the grace of God, these students will safely return to their parents soon.”
“The situation in which we found ourselves is indeed pathetic, particularly for the parents of the kidnapped students and the school community.”
“We feel their pains and our prayer is that God Almighty will arise and intervene in this unfortunate incident,” Akanji said.
The convention president commended the efforts of the Gov. Nasir El-Rufai, his commissioners and security operatives in the state, “for acting swiftly upon receiving our report and who are working closely together”.
“We urge them not to leave any stone unturned to rescue all the students still in the hands of the bandits.
“We also commiserate with the families of the two gallant soldiers of the Nigerian Army, who lost their lives, while trying to protect the school.
“We appreciate the Vigilance Group who put in much effort to defend the school, although they were overpowered,” Akanji said.