The Oasis Reporters
April 29, 2018
Arising from the Sunday service today at the ECWA Goodnews Church, Ahmadu Bello Way in Jos, central Nigeria, it’s members poured out into the streets starting from its immediate locality in protest against the incessant killings of indigenous Christians by suspected Fulani herdsmen militia in the country as well as the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu, the only Christian girl from Dapchi, still being held by Boko Haram fighters after their kidnap from the Government Science College in Dapchi, Yobe State. The rest kidnapped Muslim girls have long since been returned to the community by the insurgents leaving Leah behind because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.
The over two thousand strong congregation sang songs of Praise while chanting ‘enough is enough’ as they joined other Christian faithful across Nigeria to observe the National Day of Protest called by the Christian Association of Nigeria.
The Christian Association of Nigeria had requested churches nationwide to embark on a protest over the spate of killings by suspected herdsmen. ECWA Goodnews Church Ahmadu Bello way, Jos on Sunday complied with the directive.
The Senior Pastor of ECWA Goodnews Church, while addressing members of his church said the present government has demonstrated a clueless approach in stopping the killings by herdsmen.
“If one of the most important things a government should do is the protection of lives and property, yet after three good years of this administration this country is still being held to ransom by a few individuals, then something is wrong”, said the clergyman.
He further added that “it was unfortunate that a certain group of people have decided to invade the Middle Belt, eliminate and kill natives on the basis of their ethnicity and faith.
“We have discovered that this problem is taking a dimension to eliminate certain group of people and these people are identified collectively by what they believe in. We stand to oppose and to tell the world that this government must rise up to its responsibilities and ensure that the culprits are arrested. We want them to be prosecuted, if this government means serious business, or else 2019 is coming. Nigerians should show them the way out”.
Reverend Tuwan expressed dismay on the continued captivity of Leah Sharibu the only girl still being held by the terrorist group who abducted the Dapchi school girls earlier this year from their school in broad daylight.
“We want Leah to be out. And the Chibok girls also. We do not understand what is going on in the heart of their Parents. These girls were abducted because of their faith . If this government is not religiously biased, let them produce these girls. We will continue to shout, let the security begin come and start picking us up. Let’s see, if without citizens, there will be government.
The church has also said if the government continues to fail in their responsibility to protect Nigerians, then they should be shown the way out in 2019.
Credit : Samson Omale
Editorial overview : The Oasis Team