12 Sep


President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday, in Yenagoa said the Federal Government would collaborate with the security agencies at ensuring the immediate release of Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, abducted two weeks ago in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Commissioning of the Anglican Cable Network Nigeria (ACNN) at the Standing Committee meeting of the church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, in Yenagoa, the President described the kidnapping as an inhuman act.
Describing the abduction of the cleric as worrisome, President Jonathan called for a re-evaluation of the country’s value system, adding, ‘perpetrators of such acts will be brought to justice, while concerted efforts are made to vigorously ensure greater security of lives and property across the country.
He, however, noted that measures put in place have yielded positive results as security situation in the country is steadily improving describing the gains of the state of emergency declaration in the North-East as tremendous.
His words:” It is quite worrisome that as inhuman as kidnapping as a crime has now taken root in our society, it certainly calls for soul searching and a re-evaluation of our entire value system. I strongly condemn the continued abduction by criminal elements in our society who seek to profit from other peoples suffering and humiliation.
“The Federal Government and the Security agencies will continue to do everything possible to rescue Bishop Kattey and other abductees as well as ensure that their kidnappers are brought to justice. We will continue”
Earlier, Governor Dickson had commended the role of the Church in nation building, adding that his administration is a beneficiary of their prayers, support and encouragement since he assumed duty in governance.
According to him, ‘it was in appreciation of the immense blessings of God Almighty to the Government and people of Bayelsa State that necessitated a legislation to declare the 2nd of November every year as “Thanksgiving Day” in the state.
The Governor commended the church as well as people of other religions for their prayers and support for President Goodluck Jonathan and the Federal Government, urging them to continue with the positive trend to ensure that peace and stability is maintained in the country.
He expressed appreciation to the Primate and Leaders of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion for giving the state the opportunity to host what he described as “a holy and solemn assemblage” of clergyman in the Country.
“This, Hon. Dickson said, confirmed the trust bestowed on his administration as well as the secure and conducive atmosphere prevailing in Yenagoa, and other parts of the state in general.
In separate goodwill messages delivered at the occasion, the former Primate of Anglican Communion, Archbishop Jasper Peter Akinola (rtd), and Most Revered Robert Duncan of the Province of North America prayed for a peaceful and fruitful deliberation.
Archbishop Akinola, who was represented on the occasion by the Arch-Bishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Adebayo AKinde, assured the Primate of his continuous prayers expressing belief that Nigeria will continue to know peace and grow from strength to strength while Most Reverend Duncan, represented by Rt. Reverend Julian Dobbs, expressed satisfaction with the bond of faith being enjoyed by the Province of North America and the Church in Nigeria.
In his address, the Arch-Bishop of the Metropolitan and Primate of the Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh commended the efforts of the Federal Government, especially in the area of infrastructure and employment generation, submitting that it would assist in reducing crime rate in the Country.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa State


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