By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Only a declaration of an unconditional pardon for the dreaded Islamic sect – Boko-Haram by the Federal Government can put an end to the insurgency ravaging the country.
The Vicar, St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Ayekale, Ibadan, Revd. Canon Oluwole Adelowo, stated this on Sunday in a message at the Thanksgiving Service to flag-off the 2014 Press Week of the Oyo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The cleric, who disclosed that God had revealed to his congregation at the beginning of the year that the Boko-Haram insurgency would not exceed this year, however, said that this could only be possible if government, with sincerity of purpose, granted amnesty to all members of the sect.
According to him, Boko-Haram insurgency was allowed by God as a way of chastising us for our wicked deeds and ungodliness, while calling on Nigerians to seek the face of God in true repentance and pray for peace to return to the nation.
He said: “If we believe that waging war against the insurgents is the dictate of common sense (employing our might). What is bad in also trying the Olive branch as an alternative? It is not cowardice, it is considering the God-option.
“The insurgents may have reached the hard-hearted stage of no return, resolving to fight and die gallantly to the last man, rather than face the ignominy and shame of state arrest, trial and execution.
“This may be the driving spirit behind the continued insurgency, rather than continuing to send more soldiers to be slaughtered, we can take the brave, courageous and gallant option to halt further carnage and let peace reign,” he added.
Once they are rest assured of government sincerity, there is likely to be genuine surrender/truce by the insurgents,” the cleric noted further.
He prayed for members of the pen profession as they celebrate this year’s Press Week, saying that the choice of the church for the thanksgiving service was divine as God has purpose for the occasion to send a message.
Earlier, the state’s Chairman of the NUJ, Comrade Gbenga Opadotun, who spoke through his Vice, Prince Segun Adeyemo , expressed appreciation to the church for hosting journalists in the state.
He explained that the essence of the thanksgiving service was to give thanks to God for sparing the lives of members of the union to witness another press week.