ONITSHA – The President of Sabbath Days Observers of Nigeria (SADON), Most Rev. Ifeanyi Okorie, said on Monday that erosion of values was responsible for societal decay and rising wave of crime.
Okorie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ogbunike near Onitsha, Anambra, that wealth and fame were being adored to the detriment of morals and respect to constituted authorities.
“And I think, to avert ritual killings, there should be morals.
“And then when there are morals, the Ezes (traditional rulers) should stop for heaven’s sake appointing and giving chieftaincy to people that don’t know that they are awkward in their life and in their character.
“For heaven’s sake, the clergy should stop ordaining and giving knighthood and whatever position to people of queer character, who they know that the source of income is questionable.
“For heaven’s sake, there should be a constitution that backs up what you have before you become a governor, a commissioner or whatever.[eap_ad_2]
“And I believe, when we arrest such a situation, and bring the offenders to book, there would be a better Nigeria,’’ he said.
Recent suspects of ritual murders and kidnapping arrested by the police were youths including under-graduates of tertiary institutions in the country.
The cleric, however, urged the youth to be hard working while placing God and truth first in their endeavours.
Okorie said that killings, kidnapping and destruction of property were never a mark of progress adding that in advanced countries everybody puts in positive contributions to make their countries better places.
NAN recalls that for two years running kidnappers had targeted traditional and religious leaders especially in the South-East and South-South. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]