The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, the Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh has called on Nigerians to come together and relentlessly engage in efforts that would put an end to Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern part of the country.
Okoh, while addressing Bishops and Archbishops in Anglican Church during their annual retreat with the theme: “The 21st God’s Ambassadors in the Anglican Church” held at the Ibru Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State and visibly downcast with the situation in the Northern part of the country occasioned by therage of Boko Haram insurgency that has turned the affected areas into war zone, killing and maiming, scattering families, warned that if there is no co-operation to end the carnage and the fury of the sect, the danger of over running the country by the determined sect should not be undermined.
Lamenting over the situation the victims have found themselves, Okoh also said it has become necessary for other Nigerians to assist them with cash and kind, remembering that if they fail to act swiftly, similar situation may be close to their door steps.
In the same vein, the Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Bendel, the Dean, Church of Nigeria and Bishop of EsanAgnclican Diocese, Most Rev. Friday Imaekhai remarked that the situation in the country today had long been determined and likened it to a seed that was long planted which we are now reaping today.
Things are not just happening and it is most unfortunate that they are happening during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Although people tend to claim that what is going on in the North is not a religious war, everything happening points to that direction where Churches are burnt, people are forced to renounce their faith, Christians are recklessly killed with their families scattered and Islam is being forced on the people as the mode of worship.
When we look at the history of the nation, we would see all the efforts of some of the past leaders from the military to civilian trying to Islamise the country and the fact that Nigeria has been sold to the Muslim world.
Boko Haram says it hates everything “Western” and at a time, the sect called on President Jonathan to be a Muslim.
“We were dragged into Organization of Islamic countries (OIC) and by implication, Nigeria is a Muslim country which means that whatever is happening on other Muslim countries should be repeated here and if we would not deceive ourselves, we can see the handwriting on the wall”
“We pray that that the nation comes out of the coming election successfully and as a Church, it is our prayer that God would lead us through this difficult time and give us credible leaders that will make for stability of the country and also make the rule of law to operate where people have freedom of worship and serve their God in their own way” he said.
The Bishop of Anglican Diocese, Gombe, Rt. Rev. Henry Ndukuba described what has been going on in the North as economic, physical, social and spiritual battle that may not end on a year or two years’ time and after it has ended, things may not be the same the affected areas in the next ten years as it is easy to destroy but difficult to build.