President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that he would do everything within his power to secure the release of the Dean of Niger Delta Diocese of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most Revd. Ignatius Kattey,
There have been growing concerns by the Anglican community and the public on the continued captivity of Kattey.
Speaking at the Standing Committee Meeting of the Church at the St. Peter’s Deanery in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, the President maintained that everything is being done to ensure his release unharmed.
According to him, he met with the heads of security agencies on Thursday to map out strategies towards ensuring the clergy’s released.
Jonathan expressed personal pain and regret that the Bishop had remained in captivity, which he said was a reflection of the decline in the value system.
He noted that kidnapping has become one of the terror activities aimed at undermining the federal government’s efforts at ensuring a peaceful and stable country.
The President , who commissioned and inaugurated the Anglican Cable Network of Nigeria (ACNN) as part of the activities of the meeting, harped on the need for a return to family units to check the rising crimes.
He said: “Speaking of crime and insecurity, in the country, it is a matter of personal pain and regret to me that the Most Reverend Ignatius Kattey, the Bishop of the Province of the Niger Delta is not with us today because he is still being held by abductors.”
“It is quite worrisome that such inhuman crime as kidnapping has now taken root in our society, it certainly calls for real soul searching and 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 people’s suffering and humiliation. The Federal Government and its security agencies will continue to do everything possible to rescue Bishop Kattey and other abductees and ensure that their kidnappers are brought to justice.” He added
He said that the Federal Government would continue to vigorously pursue effort to ensure greater security of lives and property across the country.
“Already, as a result of our on-going actions and measures, the security situation is steadily improving. The gains of the state of emergency in the North East had been tremendous and felt by all. From a society that was coping with uncertainty, we are now beginning to see a gradual return to normalcy in most parts of the North and other parts of the country”, he said.