March 23, 2016 – Bishop Francis Wale Oke Visits Olubadan Of Ibadanland, Condemns Incessant Kidnapping Of Pastors In Nigeria
Bishop Francis Wale Oke, the founder of Sword of the Spirit Ministries in Ibadan has condemned incessant kidnapping of clergymen in the country.
He spoke today when he paid a courtesy visit to new Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji (Aje Ogunguniso 1) at his palace.
Part of his entourage include; Bishop Dapo Ogunsola, Pastor Henry Otoibi, Pastor Sola Ogundeji, Pastor John Fagbemi, Pastor Lekan Akindele and Pastor Bisi Adetifa.
He said: They have turned kidnapping into a business to extort huge money from people. For instance, I read in the Newspaper today that three clergymen in Kaduna were kidnapped and their kidnappers are demanding for N100 million ransom. I appeal that they should be released immediately.
“The nation is degenerating to the extent that people no longer fear God. The other time it was a bishop of the African Church in Lagos that was kidnapped; now they kidnap school pupils.”
According to him, In the Bible death penalty was recommended for kidnapping and with the way things are going now, it will be better if the government adopt this method.
Bishop Oke said government at all level must rise up to the occasion and tackle this menace by making kidnapping a capital offence, adding that:” if you kidnap anybody and you are caught, then you are gone.”
On the reason for his visit, the clerics said he was in the palace to congratulate the Olubadan and to pray for longitivity and sound health for him.
In his remark, Oba Adetunji thanked Bishop Oke for his visit, appealing to him to join him in prayer for the creation of Ibadan State and upgrading of Ibadan airport to an international standard.