If the feelers from terrorists’ activities are true, then Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder, Bishop of Owo Anglican Diocese, Rt. Revd Stephen Fagbemi has declared.
Fagbemi disclosed this while reading the Bishop’s charge at the first session of the 14th Synod of Diocese of Owo Anglican Communion with the theme “Chosen to proclaim”.
At the Synod held at Saint Paul’s Church, Ifon, headquarters of Ose Local Government with dignitaries including representatives of Ondo State Governor in attendance, Fagbemi said a situation where helicopter is said to be supplying needs to the terrorists in the forests and the Federal government is showing less concern is a sign of internal war.
He said kidnappers have turned to southwest for their lucrative business, sparing nobody, making human beings subject of monetary negotiations as if dealing with foodstuffs.
He called on churches and individuals to commence a process of self defense mechanism in the face of the present security threat to the country, adding that if urgent action is not taken by the Federal government, the country will explode.
“What we heard from those who have been released from kidnappers’ den is that a particular ethnic group of this country is responsible and they have a plan to take over every part of the country. We have heard this line of claim several times. A responsible government ought to have investigated this by now and come up with a clear strategy for dealing with this trend.”
The Bishop said Nigeria has found itself in a most unenviable, lamentable and unfortunate state, to the extent that some are beginning to suggest that it’s becoming a failed state.
He described the recent Owo attack at Saint Francis Catholic Church and Abuja-Kaduna train as a most cruel example of inhumanity against the innocent citizens.
Bishop Fagbemi commiserated with the government of Ondo State, the Governor, Olowo of Owo, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Most Revd. Dr Jude Ayodeji Arogundade and the entire Christian Community in Owo
He commended the efforts of the Governor in providing leadership and support for the people throughout the painful experience.
On the forthcoming general elections, Fagbemi said Nigerians need leaders with the necessary aptitude and courage to lead the country out of its quagmire.
He said until the country recognizes the rights of every Nigerian to practice the faith of their choice without any intimidation and discrimination, peace, progress and justice will continue to elude the country.
“Going for the 2023 elections without defining these issues and many others that threaten our collective existence is to defer the evil day.I appeal to all civil, religious and political leaders of this country to abandon all selfish interests and deal with this urgent national issues.”
To the congregation, Fagbemi charged them to live a life that will proclaim the virtues of Jesus Christ and attract others to join them.
Chancellor of the diocese and Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in his message said the role of the church in the development of the society cannot be overemphasized.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Dare Aragbaiye, he urged the church to continue proclaiming Christ irrespective of the challenges associated with it.
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