The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has advised students of the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), to be security conscious, to avoid falling prey to kidnappers and ritual killers.

Stating this during a Departmental Meeting and preview of a video production, titled, “The Jerry Testimony,” produced by NICO as a sensitization on kidnapping and ritual killing, the ES reiterated that the narrow escape of Jerry Adesewo, the Director of Arojah Royal Theatre, from the hands of ritual killers was a miracle showing that God will always stretch forth Hands to deliver His own.

Dr. Ayakoroma advised the students, who watched “The Jerry Testimony,” with rapt attention, that they should be very careful as to the kinds of friends they keep and the craze to get on the fast lane in life, because there are many ritualists on the prowl, adding that they should be conscious of the reason why they came to the university.

He said: “You must be careful with the kind of friends you keep. Most times, people invite you for parties; you must be very careful where you go to. You must be security conscious and prayerful at all times, because in everything we do, we must rely on God. Psalm 127:1 tells us that: ‘If the Lord does not protect the city, it is useless for the sentries to stand guard.’ So, we need prayers. You can see from ‘The Jerry Testimony’ you watched that prayers helped Jerry a lot. In fact, he had just finished a 7-days’ prayers and fasting before the incident; and while he was in the hands of the ritual killers, he prayed ceaselessly. You are all in school to make your parents proud, not to roam about. Face your studies so that you make good results.”

In his reaction, the Head of Department, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, who commended Dr. Ayakoroma for the security consciousness he has instilled in the staff and students, said: “The Department will partner NICO, so that we can bring Jerry to share this experience with all the students in the University. It is an experience to draw a lesson from, not only the students but everybody. NICO has been wonderful to us in our relationship with them. We appreciate them. Even now, we are happy that we are acquiring multimedia facilities; but we cannot forget that the first projector and screen we had in this Department was given to us by NICO. The ES has been very nice to us.”

It will be recalled that the ES invited Jerry to NICO Prays Fellowship, on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, where he shared the testimony of his deliverance from the cruel hands of ritual killers, who held him captive between Thursday, June 21, 2012, and Monday, June 25, 2012, when he regained his freedom miraculously.




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