A non-denominational Christian Organisation, the Scripture Union (SU) has called on Federal Government to allow religious assembly in schools, Government Houses and palaces, saying this would be a vital solution to moral decadence in the society.
This, according to the body, would allow teachings of the words of God and ensure a Nigerian society free of criminal activities.
The Chairman of SU, Abeokuta Area, Pastor Emmanuel Adebayo, spoke in Abeokuta, during a press conference as part of activities marking 150 years of Scripture Union Worldwide.
Adebayo noted that cultism, examination malpractices, abuse of drugs, rape, immorality and other social vices have their roots in primary and post primary schools.
He urged the government to be more strategic and committed in finding solutions to these ugly trend so as to secure the future of Nigeria.
He said there was need “to catch them young” with the words of God so as to curb the ugly trend of crimes in Nigeria.
Adebayo regretted that the SU, hitherto, was allowed to preach to students in schools, but later stopped by the government.
The Chairman said that prominent men of God in Nigeria including Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Pastor W.F Kumuyi, Bishop David Oyedepo among others were product of SU’s nurturing and training.
“We are glad to inform you that this ministry has nurtured and trained so many servants of God from inception.
“Let government allows Scripture Union to operate in schools. We were driven out of schools all over Nigeria.
” It was because of the fear that we could become fundamentalists. We were misrepresented. We were misunderstood. We knew it was devil’s strategy to stop our work from schools.
“Check records in all our places of work, we are committed to government rules and regulations. We are telling government, let there be no fear.
” If in 150 years of existence, Scripture Union has never posed as problem to any government in the world, then, let Scripture Union be allowed in every facet of our institution, ” he said.
He explained the SU which was founded in 1867 in Britain, but registered in Nigeria in October 1976 was aimed at making God’s good news known to children, young people and families.