The Women’s Wing of the Christian Council of Nigeria (WOWICCN), Friday, described as a big scam the issue surrounding the abduction of the over 200 girls from Chibok in Borno State.
On the night of 14–15 April 2014, 276 female students were reportedly kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria. The matter so far had been politicized, as the group, currently championing the safe release of the abducted girls, Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG), are now clashing with pro-federal government protesters when they held peaceful rally recently to pressurise the government. Speaking in an interview with newsmen at the 2nd Bi-Ennial National Convention of the WOWICCN tagged; ‘Women; Goodly Heritage’ in Abuja, the National President of the group, Rev. Mrs. Omatsola Williams said people are now using it to promote themselves and pocket.
“For me o’, I don’t believe that there is Chibok girl. We should not use the life of people to play ‘Jambo’ (game) at all. Some people are using this to make money. Ah ha! How tick is the Sambisa forest is it that people cannot penetrate? “Food for thought; when you come to Niger Delta Area, there is no secret. Let Nigerians do not toil with Nigerians, because before they know it, women will arise and they will see the other side of women,” he said.
On the current economic situation in Nigeria, Mrs Williams said that it is high time we all returned to the drawing board and make use of ‘our God given talents’, adding that the country had a lot of opportunities if well harnessed will turn around the fortune of the people for better. She said; “Let all of us go back to the drawing board, and forget about oil. Nigeria is a blessed country, a fertile land that has a lot of opportunities to tap. We have forgotten, even the talents giving to us, we don’t want to use it. “Now is the time, the era of white-collar jobs is over. If you recall, how did Japan grow after the Hiroshima war? They had nothing but hand work. With determination and self development, they built up Japan. Is Japan no controlling the world today? Nigeria! We can even do better.”
In his remarks, the National President of the Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN), Rev. Emmanuel Udofia challenged leaders and parents in the country to live by example. Represented by Rev J.B. Folorunsho, the Cleric maintained that both the led and the leaders in the country had a duty to move the country forward. Also speaking, the Chairman of CCN in the Federal capital territory (FCT), Rev. Ini Ikpuho said some parents got it wrong when they thought the best thing to leave behind for their children is wealth. He maintained that wealth would finish but inculcating godliness and contentment into young one would live from generation to generation.
According to him, “no amount of wealth you can leave behind for your children that will not finish. So, the greater thing to leave behind for your children is goodly heritage. It is not enough for us to tell our children about God but they should be able to see God in us.”